An architectural metalwork company has been fined after an employee suffered a serious hand injury on a pedestal drill.
In August 2018, an employee, who was an apprentice, suffered an amputation injury to his right-hand middle finger whilst operating a pedestal drill at the company site in Nottingham. His gloved right hand became entangled on the rotating spade drill bit of the drilling machine resulting in his injuries.
The HSE’s investigation found that employees were required, by the company’s written system of work, to wear gloves when operating the drill. It had become custom and practice to leave the drill running while repositioning workpieces, which is when the incident occurred.
After eighteen months investigation, the company was found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined, in its absence, £78,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,914.48 with a victim surcharge charge of £170.
Speaking after the hearing an HSE Inspector said: “Taking simple measures, and monitoring systems of work, could have easily prevented this serious accident”.
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