A school caretaker lost his toe in a chainsaw work accident, a court has heard.
On Monday (November 4), Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court fined Fife Council £20,000 for health and safety failings after the incident on January 11th last year.
Craig Davies, then aged 39 – a council employee for over 20 years – lost his toe while cutting back the branches of a tree that had blown over in strong winds.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Fife Council after its investigation found that the council failed to assess risks, implement a safe system of work and, instruct and oversee staff on a dangerous task.
Firm fined for chainsaw accident
Before the work accident, Fife Council extended school janitors’ duties to simple gardening tasks in school grounds in autumn 2011 and Mr Davies was sent on a training course in November that year.
Two months later, Mr Davies was sent to Canmore Primary School, Dunfermline, where an ash tree had blown over.
On arrival, he realised the task was bigger than first thought and called a colleague for help.
Mr Davies climbed onto the trunk and started cutting through the limb, but it sheared away, came towards him and landed on his foot, trapping it against the trunk.
He needed three operations but doctors could not save one of his toes. He spent three months recovering before returning to work.
Fife Council pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
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Date Published: November 7, 2013
Author: David Brown