22 October 2007
Injured hand costs firm £4K
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an Enfield firm after one of its employees sustained injuries to his hand.
Jennor Timber, a company of timber merchants and importers, was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,921 at the City of London Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to breaches of health and safety regulations.
The incident occurred in May 2005, when employee Peter Brooks was working on a piece of wood using a heavy duty spindle moulder.
It is believed that the wood was ripped out of his hands, thus exposing them to the blades of the machinery.
The 64-year-old from Hackney lost parts of two of his fingers as a result.
HSE inspector Gavin Pugh commented: "It is essential that safe systems of work are adhered to and there should be management systems in place to monitor workers at all timber mills."