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    DIRECTOR IGNORED BASIC CHAIN SAW SAFETY RULES

    Building company boss prosecuted over avoidable saw injury

    Gary Wardle, director of Wardle Site Services Ltd, has been fined for dangerous working practices and failing to report an incident after a worker was seriously injured by a chainsaw in March 2012.

    The hand of the workman came into contact with the moving saw teeth after it snagged during work to cut felled trees. His thumb was cut to the bone, breaking the joint, and he also injured his fingers. He was unable to work for six weeks.

    Stafford Magistrates Court heard (12 December) that the workman was engaged to clear trees as part of a scheme to build a wall along the driveway of the company’s premises at Stapenhill.

    Mr Wardle was using the chainsaw while the injured worker held the log steady at a distance of just 30cms. The blade “snatched” a log during a cut and his hand was pulled towards it.

    HSE found that Mr Wardle failed to follow basic working practices for safely using a chainsaw e.g support for the log and maintaining a distance of 5m between the chainsaw and other workers.

    Chainsaw users must be trained and competent

    Gary Wardle, of Stapenhill, Burton upon Trent, was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £2,500 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 3(2) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Nic Rigby said:

    “The risks of using a chainsaw are obvious. They are dangerous pieces of machinery that can cause serious harm or even death, and Gary Wardle carried out his work in a dangerous and reckless manner.

    An effective assessment of the risks needs to be carried out prior to any work of this nature. Anyone using a chainsaw should have received adequate training and must be competent to handle it safely and sensibly.

    In addition, Mr Wardle decided not to inform HSE of this incident, when it was his clear duty to do so. Advice and guidance is readily available from HSE to help comply with the law and keep people safe.”

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