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Worker loses tips of two fingers in band saw

Date:
9 December 2015

A company who are fabricators of ducting for the building industry have been fined after a worker lost the tips of two fingers while working with a band saw.

Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard a 30 year old employee of Support Systems (Nottingham) Limited was assisting a saw operator to cut ducting by holding the metal while the band saw vice was tightened, before the saw was used to cut the metal During one particular cut the saw was lowered and cut the tip off two of his fingers on his right hand.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 4 August 2014, at Nottingham Road, Attenborough, found that the saw operators had been removing the guard on a number of occasions whilst this particular job was being carried out as it got in the way.

There was inadequate information, , training and supervision, allowing the band saw to be used in an unsafe way, both on the day of the incident and during the six weeks leading up to it.

Support Systems (Nottingham) Limited, of Nottingham Road, Attenborough, Nottingham was fined a total of £3,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,336 after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

After sentencing, HSE inspector Lindsay Bentley said, “This incident was entirely avoidable, had the defendant ensured that access to dangerous parts was prevented.”

For more information about working safely in engineering visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/engineering/index.htm

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