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Worker's arm injury underlines safety sign importance

5th March 2010 | Warning Signs

A manufacturing worker suffered a serious arm injury after an accident at a Cannock factory, highlighting the importance of safety signs.

The man, who was employed by Romtech Ltd, broke both bones in his forearm after his right hand was caught in the rotating drill bit during a shift on February 2nd 2009.

As a result, the company was fined £20,000 for two breaches of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and ordered to pay costs of £7,401.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Andrew Bowker described the agency worker's injuries as "shocking" and explained that this type of incident should not have happened.

He said: "The potential safety risks associated with entanglement on radial arm drilling machines have been well known for decades and control measures have been well documented in HSE guidance going back to the 1970s.

"Companies must invest sufficient time and effort in risk assessment to ensure their radial arm drills have suitable guards or trip devices in position."

Tanfield Metal Spinners was recently fined £2,000 by the HSE and ordered to pay £1,056 in costs after one of its employees lost his finger as a result of a faulty gear cog system.

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