Woodworker ignored safety signage 'by continuing to work with unguarded saw'
Posted by Ben Alexander
Safety signage is designed to protect workers from injuries in the workplace, and ignoring it could have serious repercussions, as Dewsbury Magistrates' Court heard recently.
A woodworker was found to be risking serious injury to himself and an employee after he ignored safety guidance and continued to use an unguarded saw.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors issued two separate Prohibition Notices which were supposed to stop the worker using the saw until it was safe.
But while he complied with the first notice, after a guard on the machinery broke it wasn't replaced, and he was fined £4,000 with costs of over £1,300.
Neil Hope-Collins, a HSE inspector, said that the blade on the saw could have easily severed a limb had it slipped.
"The fact he used the saw unguarded after the initial enforcement action is extremely disappointing.
"Guarding is needed for a reason, and I hope today's prosecution sends a clear warning that we will take the strongest possible action against employers who operate dangerous equipment and machinery."
According to the HSE, woodworking has one of the highest accident rates in the manufacturing industry, and moving machinery accounted for 25 per cent of all major accidents and one death last year.
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