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Sawmill fined after safety failure

18th November 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A firm in Elgin has been fined £30,000 after a very preventable workplace accident, involving a machine for cutting large pieces of timber, left an employee with injuries to his arm.

The employee, Damian Gawlowski, was injured after using the machine. It had no guards protecting Mr Gawlowski from the chains or the blade, which was not positioned correctly.

Mr Gawlowski had not been formally trained in the use of this machine, and was unaware of the dangers it posed. No risk assessment had been completed, and there was no safety signage on display to inform workers of safe practice.

The firm, Tennants (Elgin) Limited, pleaded guilty to a single breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £30,000.

Niall Miller, principal inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, said: “This incident was wholly avoidable. Damian Gawlowski was let down by the company’s lack of proper training, inadequate assessment of risks, and ineffective measures to stop access to dangerous parts of equipment.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801661667-ADNFCR


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