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Staffordshire firm fined after safety failures

17th January 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

A Staffordshire company has been fined for safety failures after one worker suffered hand injuries.

The worker, who does not want to be named, fractured his ring finger and lost the tip of his little finger while using a poorly-guarded machine at Bathgate Slate Technologies in Newcastle under Lyme on January 6th.

After an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Bathgate Slate Technologies was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £5,464 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Simon Hall said: "The employee's painful injury should not and need not have happened. It was easily preventable had Bathgate Slate Technologies fitted appropriate guarding to prevent access to the roller."

Mr Hall explained that safety systems are used for a reason and companies have a legal duty of care to guarantee they are properly installed.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801523941-ADNFCR


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