Work accident saw man lose 3 fingers

A preventable work accident saw an employee sever three fingers in an unprotected roller conveyor.

Suffolk-based timber firm Sewstern Timber Services Ltd was fined £18,000 for its safety failings.

Shaun Newcomb, 30, of Bourne, could not work for nine months after the accident in Sewstern, Lincolnshire, on March 9, 2012.

He was trying to unblock wood from the conveyor. His right hand and fingers came into contact with the sprockets and chains that drive the rollers and he lost parts of his middle, ring and little finger.

Mr Newcomb had two operations, physiotherapy, cell generation treatment and counselling.

He today works with a different business as he did not wish to go back to the scene of the accident, Lincoln Crown Court heard on Tuesday (December 3).

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Work accident safety probe found failings

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the accident found that the firm acquired the conveyor a few months earlier, but that it was inadequately guarded.

The business failed to undertake a machine risk assessment so failed to identify the potential for damage.

Sewstern Timber Services Ltd, based in Bury St Edmunds, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974 for failing to protect its employees. The firm also paid costs of £10,000.

HSE inspector Berian Price said: “This incident could easily have been prevented had adequate guarding been in place.”

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