Milling Company Fined £5000.00 due to missing cutter guards.
A milling company has been fined after a worker was cleaning wood dust from a 4-sided planer/moulder using an extraction pipe and his hand came into contact with the cutter block. The working parts of the machinery would usually be prevented by hood enclosures but at the time of the accident they were damaged, meaning the interlocks were not working and during the set-up process the temporary cutter guards should have been in place but were not.
As a result of the incident the employee suffered life changing injuries in the loss and partial loss of three fingers in his dominant hand.
During the HSE investigation it was found that Nene Milling Company Limited had failed to prevent the access to the dangerous parts of the machine and as such failed to provide adequate information, instruction, training and supervision of the workforce
The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £5,000.00 and ordered to cover costs of nearly £2500.00
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