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Warning signs importance highlighted after theme park worker injures hand on blade

16th March 2011 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander.

The importance of warning signs has been highlighted after a theme park worker severely injured his hand when cutting wood on an unguarded rotating saw.

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard how the employee of Parkware Ltd was cutting up sheets of plywood at Loudoun Castle Theme Park in Ayrshire in October 2009.

Because the saw the worker usually used was not available for the task because of an operating fault, he used a table mounted circular saw that he had never used before.

When preparing the saw he noticed the blade guard was not attached to the riving knife, but as he did not know how to fit it, he left it to one side.

As he came to the last few sheets of plywood to cut, his right hand slipped forward and struck the blade, cutting it badly.

He needed a six-hour bone graft to save his fingers and two further operations.

Parkware was fined £5,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Eve Macready said the incident was "entirely avoidable".

"Not only has he had to change his line of work, but he has also had to give up a hobby and has difficulty performing tasks as simple as tying his shoelaces.

"Employers have a duty to make sure machinery made available as work equipment is safe."

Recently, Roger Bibbings, the occupational safety adviser at the Royal society for the Prevention of Accidents, said many firms are completely ignoring areas of health and safety.

"Road risk, ergonomics, stress, skin health, noise and vibration, fire – just about every conceivable hazard is often overlooked," he said.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800464234-ADNFCR


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