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FITTERS FINGERS SEVERED BY UNGUARDED TABLE SAW

Compensation order for injured workman takes precedence over fine

Kitchencraft (Wirral) Limited has been fined after the fingers of an employee were severed whilst he was using an unguarded circular table saw in June 2016.

Liverpool Magistrates heard how the apprentice was working unsupervised on an unguarded table saw when his left hand came into contact with the blade.

The apprentice suffered injuries including a laceration to this thumb while two of his fingers were completely severed. Despite his fingers later being reattached he has been left with a lasting injury to his hand resulting in him having to reassess his future career.

HSE investigators found that training had not been provided to the apprentice on the safe use of the saw and that he was not appropriately supervised.

The company failed to ensure a suitable guard was provided and used, or that the employee was supplied with an adequate push stick or holder to use in conjunction with the saw.

The company also failed to Employers Liability Compulsory insurance in place at the time of the incident.

Errant employers will be held to account

Kitchencraft (Wirral) Limited of Edith Road, Wallasey, Wirral, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Section 1(1) of the Employers’ Liability Compulsory Insurance Act 1969.

The company was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs, the company was also ordered to pay a £17,000 compensation order.

HSE inspector Catherine Lyon said after the hearing:

“Had the company in this case simply provided the appropriate guarding on the saw, this incident could have been prevented.

Good management of health and safety applies to all duty-holders, including small companies, and every employer must ensure they have Employers Liability (Compulsory) Insurance in place.Where employers are found to be in breach of this requirement, they will be held to account by HSE.”

 

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