Pump manufacturer makes court appearance after industrial accident

An industrial pump manufacturer based in Gloucestershire has been prosecuted following an industrial accident in which a young apprentice severed parts of two of his fingers.

The 17-year-old was working at the site in May 2012 and was holding a metal plate under a milling cutter to stop it from vibrating while it was being cut. The worker's hand became caught in the rotating cutter and he lost the tops of his index and middle fingers to the first joint.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation showed that there were no guards in place to prevent workers from sustaining a personal injury and the company had already failed to follow five enforcement notices which included improving guarding on milling machines.

Following the hearing, an HSE inspector said, "The company failed to adopt a safe system of work on this machine and failed to carry out a proper risk assessment of the work. The training of this young person was also inadequate."

The company was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,962 following the industrial accident.


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