Worker's fingers severed because of Company neglect
A County Durham firm has been fined £10,500 after a worker had three fingers severed while using a bandsaw.
The employer, 39, was working as a contractor for the Durham Company, which manufactures and installs mineral processing and effluent treatment systems and equipment.
He was working at the company's head office in Chilton where he was using a horizontal metal cutting bandsaw to cut down pieces of steel to make a frame. There was no safety guard in place and his left hand came into contact with the moving blade, severing three of his fingers.
The court heard that the employee had to undergo ten hours of surgery as doctors attempted, unsuccessfully, to re-attach one of his fingers. He was in hospital for a week.
The court was told that the company had also allowed its employees to operate another horizontal metal cutting bandsaw without the required adjustable blade guard despite having been given advice from HSE inspectors previously on what safeguards were required when using such equipment.
The company was fined a total of £10,500 and ordered to pay £3,266.60 in costs after it pleaded guilty.
After the case, HSE Inspector Cain Mitchell, said:
"Preventing access to dangerous parts of machinery with the use of suitable guards is a simple, but vital precaution to help ensure the safety of workers.”