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Company fined after worker suffers hand injuries

26 July 2017

A Midlands based company has been fined after an employee’s finger was severed at the company’s base in Roman Way, Rugby.

Coventry Magistrates’ Court heard how on 3 February 2016 the 59-year old employee of Avon Joinery Limited was using a circular saw to cut tapered strips of wood, when his hand came into contact with the saw. The man lost the tip of his left thumb and the majority of his first finger as a result of this incident.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Avon Joinery Limited failed to provide the worker with the necessary training in order to carry out this work in a safe and appropriate manner.

Avon Joinery Limited of Roman Way, Rugby has today pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9 (1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

The company has been fined £230,000 and ordered to pay costs of £ 1779.70.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Neil Ward said: “Avon Joinery failed to check if its workers had received the necessary refresher training to ensure they could safely operate the machinery.

“This incident could have been prevented if the company had the required standard of supervision in place to oversee this activity.”


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  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.[1][1]
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