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Timber company fined after accident involving unguarded machinery

4th December 2013 | Warning Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A timber company based in Lincolnshire has been fined after one of its employees was injured, losing three of his fingers.

Shaun Newcomb, from Bourne, was attempting to clear some wood out of a roller conveyor at Sewstern Timber Services Ltd when his fingers became caught up in the machinery.

He lost parts of his middle, ring and little fingers, and was unable to work for nine months. The Health and Safety Executive found that the conveyor was improperly guarded.

Sewstern Timber had not identified the potential for harm that the conveyor could cause, as it had not performed a risk assessment. As such, there was nothing to inform Mr Newcomb of the danger, such as safety signage.

Sewstern pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974 for failing to protect its employees, and was fined a total of £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801668475-ADNFCR


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