A Northumberland-based manufacturing company has admitted safety failings after an apprentice lost one of his fingers.
The man, who was 18 at the time, was working on a large guillotine cutting a piece of metal when the incident took place on 12 March 2013.
Miller UK Ltd, of Bassington Industrial Estate, Bassington Lane, Cramlington, was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £894.95 costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Bedlington Magistrates’ Court heard that as the third year apprentice loaded a piece of metal into the machine, his left hand came into contact with the clamps in front of the blade trapping it.
He sustained crush injuries to his hand leading to the amputation of his index finger below the second joint, while his second finger was also broken. He suffered post-traumatic stress syndrome and continues to experience discomfort and fatigue in his hand.
The Health and Safety Executive found the safety guard fitted on the machine was ineffective in its design and had been poorly maintained so was not working correctly.
Miller UK Ltd had also failed to carry out a sufficient assessment of the risks associated with the work and the fault had not been reported.
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Source: Chronicle Live
Date Published: April 5, 2014
Author: David Brown