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Employee almost loses arm in accident at work at furniture company

A furniture company employee almost severed his arm in a horrific work accident whilst using an industrial saw, which he hardly had much training on.

Furniture assembler, Daniel Gaskin, 28 from Burnham on Crouch was working for Machine Hire Ltd in March 2010 when the accident at work took place.

Mr Gaskin, was asked to cut wood on an cross cut saw that he had no previous experience using and which he was given inadequate training for prior to the accident when he sliced most of the way through his left arm.

In an investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was found that the training given was inadequate and did not give proper instructions on using the guards on the machine and that the machine was unsuitable for training purposes.

The furniture firm Machine Hire Ltd based in Burnham Business Park, were fined £12,500 as well as ordered to £3,000 costs when they admitted liability to breaking regulation 9(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, when the inspectors of the investigation found that the use of a properly adjusted nose guard on the saw would have prevented the horrific accident at work where a young man could have lost his arm.

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