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Sawmill worker loses fingers

5th March 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A firm has been prosecuted after one of its employees suffered a permanent impairment to his right hand. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that safety failings were to blame for the accident.

The 55-year-old worker was using an industrial-size rig saw to cut logs at Station Sawmills, in Alnwick. Some wood caught on the saw blade, and the employee went to remove it so he could continue working.

Unfortunately, the sawblade was not guarded and the worker's hand came into contact with the blade. It was severely damaged, and he required his middle and ring fingers to be partially amputated.

The HSE found there were no guards on the machine to protect employees from this kind of accident. Even simple safety signs warning of the danger could have caused the worker to rethink his actions, and potentially save his fingers.

A & J Scott Ltd, owner of the sawmill, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. It was was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £8,911.85 in costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801700401-ADNFCR


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