Lincolnshire-based Sewstern Timber Services has been prosecuted following an investigation from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker suffered three severed fingers.
Shaun Newcomb, 30, suffered his injuries while attempting to remove a blockage on a conveyor belt at the firm’s premises in March last year.
His right hand came into contact with moving parts of the machinery as guarding for the equipment had not been installed. Parts of his middle, ring and little fingers were severed in the accident, with Mr Newcomb since unable to return to work as he now suffers psychological issues relating to the incident.
The company pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974 and was fined GBP 18,000.
HSE inspector Berian Price commented after the hearing: “Sewstern Timber Services should have picked up this mistake on their risk assessment and tackled the problem to ensure workers did not have access to the dangerous moving parts of the conveyor.”
Posted by Wayne Weir
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