Lack of sufficient guards on a mixer caused a worker to lose two of his fingers in an accident at work, a court has heard.
Surgery required after accident
Scunthorpe-based Coldmac Limited was fined £6,000 after a worker suffered life-changing injuries to his hand that required surgical intervention.
The company had been appointed as the specialist contractor for a new footway, Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court heard.
In April 2015, one of its workers was attempting to remove asphalt residue from a mixer by using a screwdriver. During this, the man slipped and caught his fingers on the lip of the mixer, seriously injuring two fingers. Despite surgery, the man lost his middle and index fingers.
Safety standards ‘not sufficient’
The mixing machine’s guarding was not at the required safety standard in order for people to safely operate the machinery, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found.
Coldmac Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and has been fined £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,995.92.
HSE Inspector Luke Messenger said: “This case highlights the importance of safety checking equipment and machinery, ensuring that they have the appropriate guarding in place to avoid serious injuries like this.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive