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Kennel worker severs finger in work accident

A kennel company has been fined after one of its employees suffered severe personal injuries in an accident at work.

The worker had been tasked with cutting timber using a circular table saw when the incident took place in May 2011.

He had been attempting to cut the wood at an angle but had not been provided with a jig to safely push the timber through the saw, as a result his left hand came into contact with the blade.

The man was left with a severed index finger and cuts to the other fingers on his left hand. Due to the severity of his injuries he was forced to take six months off work to recover.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation discovered that the worker had not been given any training on how to safely use the machinery and the company had failed to carry out a risk assessment.

The firm pleaded guilty to breaking health and safety regulations, and was fined £4,000 as a result of the accident at work.


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