30 May 2008
Hand injury and hazardous dust exposure result in prosecution of firm
A firm has been issued a financial penalty after one of its employees sustained a hand injury and a number of others were exposed to hazardous dust, it has been revealed.
In June 2006, a member of staff at E H Thorne - a firm with offices in Wragby, Windsor, Newburgh and Stockbridge - damaged his hand while trying to remove a piece of wood that was stuck in the cutter block of a running woodworking machine.
Also, other workers were routinely exposed to Western Red Cedar wood dust - a hazardous substance that can lead to long-term respiratory problems when inhaled.
During a hearing at Skegness magistrates' court, the company was issued a fine of £12,500 and was ordered to pay costs of £5,000.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Dr Ian Ellison said: "This hand injury and exposure to a harmful wood dust could have been avoided if the company had acted upon the advice it had been given only months earlier by HSE at a dedicated woodworking event."