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Worker's thumb severed in accident at work

A timber company has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive after a worker suffered serious personal injuries in an accident at work.

The 20-year-old production operative had been cutting insulation foam with a table mounted circular saw when his hand got caught in the blade and severed his thumb.

The accident which took place in May 2011 caused such severe injuries to the worker that he was unable to work for seven weeks.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation revealed that the table the employee was working at had not been large enough to support the insulation which meant he had to support it by hand. It was also found that the height adjustment mechanism on the saw was damaged.

The Lincolnshire firm admitted liability for the accident at work and pleaded guilty to breaking health and safety at work regulations. They were fined £6,700 by Spalding Magistrates' Court and made to pay legal costs of £4,117.


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