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CUT-OFF SAW INJURY COSTS COUNCIL £500,000 FINE

London council road worker suffered serious injury cutting trees

Southwark Crown Court has heard how an employee of the London Borough of Havering sustained a serious cut injury whilst using a cut-off saw fitted with an “inappropriate blade” to cut tree roots and branches.

The blade became jammed and on pulling the blade free it ran across the top of his left knee. He suffered a deep cut above the left knee which damaged ligaments and cartiledge in March 2015.

Wrong equipment used

HSE investigators found that the “wrong equipment” was being used for the task and a risk assessment had not been undertaken regarding use of the saw and blade.

A safe system of work should have been in place to identify suitable and compatible machinery for certain tasks.

London Borough of Havering, Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 4(2) and 4(3) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,240.

 

 

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