A company which manufactures stair balustrades and wooden decking has been fined after one of its employees was hit with a serious work injury.
Richard Burbridge was fined GBP 5,000 after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation over an incident in which a worker nearly lost a finger to a wood plane.
The employee’s hand came into contact with the unguarded rotating rear cuttings of the machine, cutting his middle finger and fracturing his thumb, also severing two tendons.
HSE inspector Grayam Barnes said that the worker was lucky to escape with his finger relatively intact and that all machinery with sharp, fast-moving parts should be fitted with guards.
"Other issues were also identified with the machinery," he added.
"The rundown time, where it slows down to a stop, was far too long at nearly half a minute, making it difficult to stop it in an emergency."
Bakkavor Foods was recently fined by the HSE after a worker had his hand crushed at the company’s Bourne Salads factory.