A man lost an arm in a machinery work accident, a court has heard.
Somerset-based Weavo (Fencing) Products Limited was fined for safety failings in the accident in January last year.
The employee sustained severe injuries while using a big saw – or band re-saw – designed for slicing through timber.
The man’s hand got entangled on the feeding mechanism’s spiked wheel. He consequently had his left arm severed just underneath his shoulder.
Arm injury leads to fine
It is not known if the man has made an arm injury claim for compensation. But the court fined Weavo £50,000 as well as ordering it to pay costs of £11,769.
The firm admitted breaking Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Mehtaab Hamid says the injury was “entirely avoidable”.
He says various failures on the part of his employer had led to the man suffering not only a life-changing injury, but also severe trauma.
Most common work machine injuries
Saw injuries are among the most common injuries caused by work machinery.
Entanglement can frequently be the result of inappropriate attire or grooming, such as long hair or drooping jewellery.
People suffering any of the above work accidents are entitled to try and pursue a compensation claim if it is not their fault.
They should gather as many details about their injury as they can. They should seek medical attention and get a physician’s report.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: September 19, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown