An employee was seriously injured in a workplace accident when his hand and arm were pulled into a lathe.
Gavin Nobes, 41, from Dereham in Norfolk, severed his left hand in the incident at Marshall Brass in Heckingham on February 27 last year.
It had to be reattached via surgery, Norwich Crown Court heard on Tuesday.
In addition, Mr Nobes needed another operation to have a metal frame inserted in his wrist and today has limited movement that is likely to be permanent.
Nobes was working on a cast brass clock face bezel on a polishing lathe.
The bezel snagged on a polishing wheel, trapped his hand and arm and drew them towards the machine where they became trapped.
Company to payout
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the work accident found that the polishing lathe was unsuitable for polishing the clock face bezel as it presented a high risk of snagging.
The HSE prosecuted Marshall Brass, trading as a partnership, for not arranging a different way of polishing the bezel, or adapting the machine or system of work so that the task could be performed safely.
The partnership, of Heckingham Hall in Norwich, was fined £2,000 and made to pay £20,000 costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(3) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
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Date Published: November 7, 2013
Author: David Brown