A man who suffered horrific injuries when his hand became trapped in a rotary saw can now make a work accident claim against his employers.
Rondeo Sherman, from Tottenham, was injured at the Willesden premises of Maplestead Ltd, based in Greenford, Ealing, West London.
He was constructing wooden handrails when a length of wood became snagged in the blades of the machine and yanked his hand into them.
He spent a month in hospital and required extensive surgery, including skin grafts and the transfer of bones from his feet.
Maplestead were fined £1000 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and were also ordered to pay £2000 in costs.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that the firm had failed to provide adequate protection for Mr Shoeman and his colleagues; no risk assessment had taken place and the machinery was not equipped with limited cutter protection tooling, which is designed to reduce the severity of such injuries.
Date Published: September 24, 2010
Author: David Brown