The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has played a key role in the prosecution of a Leicester-based engineering company after a member of staff at the firm lost a finger in a pneumatic press.
Benjamin Asare of Oadby in Leicester was working for Kaby Engineers in February last year, when an unguarded pneumatic ram – used to fit bearings into their housings – came down on his hand, resulting in the need to amputate the index finger of his right hand.
HSE inspector David Lefever said: “There were reasonably practical steps the company could have taken to improve the safety of the machine … The firm should have also carried out a risk assessment, which would have … prevented the machine being used.”
As a result of the injury, the company was fined GBP 10,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of GBP 5,182. The business pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Elsewhere, window firm East Cheshire Glass of Macclesfield was recently fined GBP 1,000 by the HSE after a 26-year-old worker severed part of their finger while using an unguarded rotating blade.
Posted by Verity Taylor
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