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Company prosecuted after angle grinder incident

24th December 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

An unguarded angle grinder was the cause of a workplace accident that has led to a Sheffield company being fined for safety failings.

Ecclesall Developments Ltd was prosecuted after Sam Ashford, one of its employees, was injured when an angle grinder kicked back into his right leg.

Mr Ashford required 12 stitches in the leg. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the angle grinder had been unguarded, and Mr Ashford had not received any protective equipment or training in the use of the tool.

Ecclesall Developments Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined  £8,000 and ordered to pay £8,985 in costs.

John Dutton, HSE inspector, said: “All companies can benefit their businesses and their employees by ensuring they consider how a task should be carried out.”

Proper risk assessments, safety signage and training should all be utilised to prevent accidents such as this from happening.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801675954-ADNFCR


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