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Firm fined for accident that left employee with severed finger

A manufacturing company based in Kent has been fined after an employee lost part of his finger in an accident at work in February 2011.

The 41-year-old had been working in the company's factory in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent which manufactures air conditioning systems when the work accident took place.

He had been using a circular saw to cut metal parts when the rotating blade of the machine came into contact with his finger and sliced off the top of the middle digit on his right hand.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered that the machine's safety guard had not been properly positioned and other basic safety controls had not been put in place. The HSE officer carrying out the investigation also found that the emergency stop button was faulty.

The company appeared at Fenton Magistrates court where it admitted a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations. As a result, it was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £4,105.

Speaking after the hearing, an HSE officer commented that the accident at work and employees personal injuries could have been avoided had the correct safety guards been put in place and had the machine been properly serviced.


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