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    STONE CUTTING MACHINE GUARDS FAILED HSE TEST

    Precautions taken following HSE enforcement fell into disuse

    A stonework company has been fined for failing to comply with an enforcement notice served by an HSE Inspector, requiring effective guarding for the blade of a stone-cutting saw.

    Westminster Magistrates heard that employees were exposed to the risk of amputation because the blade of an Elenis automatic bridge saw was not properly guarded.

    HSE issued an Improvement Notice requiring the saw to be guarded following an inspection in August 2017.

    A follow-up visit in November 2017 found that temporary fencing provided was “moved to one side” and no longer offered any protection for people using the saw.

    Failure to address risk effectively

    The company had previously been prosecuted in 2016 by HSE for failing to control stone dust, a known cause of lung disease.

    • Tiles & Tops Limited – of Neville Road, Croydon, pleaded guilty to breaching an Improvement Notice served by an HSE Inspector citing a contravention of Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and has today been fined £14,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1260 and a victim surcharge of £170.

    Speaking after the case, HSE inspector Sarah Whittle said

    “In this case, the company completely failed to grasp the importance of installing and maintaining basic but essential guards to prevent access to the dangerous parts of machinery.

    Despite being given several weeks to rectify the situation, the temporary fencing put in place by the company was clearly inadequate.

    Companies should be aware that HSE may bring prosecutions where duty holders continually fail to address risks in the workplace or where they fail to respond to enforcement notices.”

     

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