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    CONCRETE BLOCK MAKER FAILED TO GUARD MACHINE

    Effective safety precautions absent for a number of years

    A concrete wall block making company has been sentenced after the hand of a workman was crushed by dangerous parts of a machine in April 2018.

    Brighton Magistrates heard how an experienced worker was operating a machine making concrete screen wall blocks when his hand became trapped and was crushed by the machine. He suffered three broken fingers and thumb and needed to undergo surgery to stabilise his hand.

    Periodic machinery safety checks required

    HSE investigators found the company had failed to ensure that the machine was properly guarded.

    The machine had been not been properly guarded for a number of years.

    • Thakeham Tiles Ltd – of Storrington, West Sussex pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and has been fined £26,667 with £3,560 costs.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Russell Beckett commented:

    “This case highlights the importance of ensuring that dangerous moving parts of machinery are guarded.

    This incident could so easily have been avoided by having suitable guarding on the machine and systems in place to periodically check machine safety.”

     

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