Warning signs importance underscored after worker injures hand
Posted by Jason Nicholls.
The importance of warning signs has been highlighted after the worker of an aeroplane company badly injured his hand in a milling machine.
Accrington Magistrates' Court heard that the 28-year-old employee of Altham-based Callender (Lancashire) Aeropart Ltd, a maker of aeroplane parts, suffered a severed tendon, a broken finger, and a bad cut to his ring finger when his hand came into contact with a rotating blade in the machine on July 17th last year.
The incident happened when the worker reached across the machine to retrieve a metal part, designed to be used in a jet engine fan.
It was found that the machine's cutting tool was not fitted with a guard, even though the problem had been flagged-up in a risk assessment carried out some 16 months prior.
In a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Callender admitted breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
It was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £3,996 towards costs.
"The injuries this worker suffered were nasty but they could have been a lot worse. He was lucky not to lose one or more of his fingers," David Myrtle, the investigating inspector at HSE, said.
In 2009, 35 workers died in the UK's manufacturing industry.
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