Employee loses finger in drill bit accident

The Health and Safety Executive decided to investigate an automotive company after one of its employees suffered a partially amputated finger whilst working on site. The Court heard how the man lost his finger after his glove became entangled in a drill bit.

The HSE found that the worker was a trained welder but had been asked to complete a variety of different tasks including using a drill. The Magistrates Court agreed with the HSE that the employee had not received sufficient training to do the job required. The work had not been properly risk assessed and a safe system of work had not been provided.

The welder lost the end of his third finger on his right hand and has been unable to work whilst he has been recuperating.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £27,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,574 and a £120 victim surcharge.

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