21 May 2008
Employee loses finger in workplace accident
An agency worker lost his finger as a result of a workplace accident, it has been revealed.
The employee's right index finger was sliced off by an unguarded circular saw while he was cutting lengths of timber.
As a result of the incident, fence manufacturing company the Fence Factory was ordered to pay £2,000 plus costs of £2,645 during a hearing at Stafford magistrates court.
It had pleaded guilty to breaching UK health and safety laws.
An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after the event discovered that the firm had failed to carry out a suitable risk assessment prior to the injury being sustained.
Commenting on the case, HSE inspector Wayne Owen said: "Allowing machines to be operated without suitable and appropriate guards is ignoring basic safety principles, an act which cannot go unpunished."
According to HSE statistics, 141,350 workers sustained injuries in 2006-07.