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Southport firm runs machine without warning signs

16th June 2011 | Warning Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens

A shopfitting firm in Southport operated a machine without warning signs, leading to one of its employees suffering a severed finger.

Mentha and Hallsall Shopfitters was charged after 37-year-old worker Darren Mawdsley sustained the injury while using a rotating saw. Mr Mawdsley had also not received any training on how to use the machine, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Investigating inspector at HSE Phil Redman said: "Good health and safety isn't about filling in forms. It was pointless for the company to carry out a risk assessment if they weren't going to pass it on to their staff."

If Mentha and Hallsall Shopfitters had worked harder to protect its workers, then the incident would not have occurred, Mr Redman added.

Last month, the HSE issued a warning to gas installers, saying that they must be registered with their appropriate approved body before they can carry out work.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800580971-ADNFCR


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