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Firm fined after worker injures hand at saw mill

Date:
25 August 2015

A company that manufactures garden timber products has been fined for safety failings that led to a worker sustaining serious injury to his left hand. 

Dumfries Sheriff Court heard how, in March 2014, while working at Forest Sawmills Limited’s premises in Stevens Croft, Lockerbie, the agency worker’s left hand was pulled into a twin band re-saw machine for cutting wood after it made contact with either the powered in-feed roller or the saw blade, causing injuries to his index and middle finger.

Forest Sawmills Limited, of Hartlebury, Kiddermister was fined a total of £7,000, after pleading guilty to an offence under Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Regulations 11(1) and (2).

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Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive 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
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