The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a Derbyshire business after a member of staff suffered a severed finger as a result of machinery lacking essential guards.
Chesterfield Magistrates Court heard yesterday (July 9th) how 48-year-old Andrew Rawson of Dronfield lost two digits on his right hand as he attempted to unblock a food casing machine at the premises of Rillatech in January last year.
He was able to reach around guards that had been improperly installed on the equipment – a situation that has now been rectified in the wake of Mr Rawson’s injuries.
Following the hearing, HSE inspector Stuart Parry commented: “This incident was entirely preventable and it is most unfortunate that it took an employee to suffer such serious injuries to make the company take action.”
Rillatech pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined GBP 13,000. In addition, the company was ordered to pay prosecution costs totalling GBP 20,353.
Posted by Verity Taylor
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