Builders' merchant employee suffers serious work injury

People working in the construction industry have been warned to avoid fines and injury compensation claims after a worker at a builders’ merchant had his hand nailed to a pallet.

Herefordshire-based Pontrilas Timber & Builders’ Merchants has been fined GBP 3,500 after an employee, who was operating a wooden pallet-making machine, suffered a severe work injury.

The machine started unexpectedly, dragging his right hand in and trapping it under a beam of nailing hammers, nailing his hand and wrist to the top of a pallet.

"Automated machinery like this, where people are required to feed materials in, always runs the risk of trapping arms and hands," commented Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Luke Messenger.

"Guards or protective devices should be provided."

It follows news that the HSE has prosecuted a company based in Blackburn after an employee had the tips of her fingers amputated in a machine that had not been guarded adequately.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19404910-ADNFCR

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