A Lancashire pallet manufacturer has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee lost three fingers in an accident at work.
The twenty seven year old worker, who has not been named, was employed by Frank Hill Ltd, at their plant on the Scot Lane Industrial Estate in Bolton.
Manchester Crown Court was told that the worker was assisting a colleague, by supporting the weight of a large piece of wood while it was being cut.
Unfortunately his left hand came into contact with the rotating blade and severed three of his fingers at the second knuckle.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that the saw was not effectively guarded and sufficient training in the saws operation had not been given.
Frank Hill Ltd, of Blackrod in Bolton, was found guilty of breaking health and safety regulations, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at Trafford Magistrates Court.
However as the company went into liquidation shortly after the incident, a sentencing hearing at Manchester Crown Court fined the firm just £2 without any court costs.
On average almost 4,500 manufacturing workers are seriously injured every year in the UK and many would be eligible to make an accident at work compensation claim.