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Fencing company fined after worker injured in machinery

Date:
11 September 2015

A fencing company has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered serious injuries to his left arm.

Taunton Crown Court heard how, on 18 January 2014, an employee of Weavo (Fencing) Products Limited was using a band re-saw (large saw used for cutting timber) when his gloved hand became caught on the spiked wheel of the feeding mechanism.

As a result, the worker’s left arm was severed to just below the shoulder.

Weavo (Fencing) Products Limited, of Station Works, Hatch Beauchamp, Taunton, was fined a total of £50,000, and ordered to pay £11,769 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Mehtaab Hamid said:

“This was an entirely avoidable incident, which resulted in a man suffering severe trauma and life-changing injury because of a number of failures by his employer.”

For more information about machinery safety see http://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/machinery/safety.htm

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/ 
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