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Window firm fined after worker’s severe hand injury

Date:
27 April 2015

A window manufacturing firm was fined £10,000 after a worker was seriously injured while using a chop saw without adequate training. 

The employee cut off all four fingers and most of his right hand when the incident occurred in March 2013 at Griffin Windows, Treorchy, Mid Glamorgan. 

He was cutting down thermal plastic inserts for window frames on a chop saw, but the court heard due to the lack of training provided he was operating the saw incorrectly- in that he was placing his hand close to the blade whilst wearing gloves and arm protectors. 

Masco (UK) Window Group Limited, of which Griffin Windows are part of, pleaded guilty at Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. 

Magistrates awarded a fine of £10,000, and full costs of £2940.00. 

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. hse.gov.uk 
  2. Section 2(1) of HSWA states “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.” 
  3. Further HSE news releases are available at press.hse.gov.uk

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