An engineering company has been fined after an employee’s little finger and ring finger were amputated at the first knuckle.
The Magistrates’ Court heard that on 29 January 2018 the employee was working at a site on when his gloved hand came into contact with a rotating spindle on a Slack and Par horizontal quick tapping machine and became entangled.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company failed to ensure that effective measures were taken to prevent access to the dangerous parts, namely the rotating spindles, of a Slack and Parr horizontal quick tapping machine.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and has been fined £14,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,383.88.
Speaking after the hearing the HSE inspector said “This injury was easily preventable and the risk should have been identified. Employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from dangerous parts of machinery.”