An engineering firm has been fined after a machine accident in which a worker severed the tip of his finger on a lathe.
Standfast Precision Engineering was ordered to pay £6,000 at Elgin Sheriff Court in the wake of a Health and Safety Executive investigation that found more could have been done to prevent the tragedy.
Machine safety ignored
Machinist Darren Wiseman, 31, had been carrying out finishing operations on a lathe at the company’s Inverfiddich workshop in Craigellachie, Aberlour.
He had opened a safety door with the aim of finishing the job he was working on with some emery tape, but his finger got caught on the thread of a component and was severed.
Fortunately, his finger has since healed and he has been able to return to work with the same company, which has now changed its practices.
The HSE launched an investigation into the causes of the accident, finding multiple failings on the part of the company and its staff.
Emery tape was being used by hand near the rapidly moving machines when it should be in a holder.
Machinists including Mr Wiseman had not received any instruction about interlocks and their importance during training.
Standfast Precision Engineering Ltd, of Victoria Street, Craigellachie, Aberlour, Moray, was fined £6,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulations 11(1) and (2) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
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