Timber firm fined after employee’s fingers severed

A Lincolnshire timber company has been fined after an employee severed three fingers in an unguarded roller conveyor.

The employee required extensive treatment and was unable to work for nine months as a result of the incident on the 9th March 2012. At the time of the accident he was attempting to clear some blocked wood from the conveyor, but as he did so his right hand came into contact with the sprockets and chains that drove the rollers and he severed parts of his middle, ring and little finger.

Lincoln Crown Court heard today (3 December) that an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the conveyor was inadequately guarded and that the company failed to carry out a risk assessment for the machine so failed to identify the potential for harm.

The suffolk based company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974 for failing to protect its employees. The company was fined a total of £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

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