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Unguarded machine costs joinery firm over £10,000

9 April 2015

Colin Arnold (trading as Waveney Valley Joinery) was fined £6,500 with £4,200 costs and a victim surcharge of £120 at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 30 April.

Colin Arnold, of Hoxne, Eye, Suffolk, pleaded guilty of breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Regulation 11(1) after a worker sustained serious hand injuries from unguarded machinery.

The court heard that a health and safety system in the workshop was non-existent, with no evidence of training or any management oversight on the premises.

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  2. Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations1998 states: “Every employer shall ensure that measures are taken which are effective – (a) to prevent access to any dangerous part of machinery or to any rotating stock-bar; or (b) to stop the movement of any dangerous part of machinery or rotating stock-bar before any part of a person enters a danger zone.”
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