A fine has been issued after a man’s hand was cut with a chainsaw during tree felling work.
The unnamed worker had been sub-contracted by the director of Wardle Site Services Ltd to undertake work on the company premises. The work involved clearing trees from alongside the driveway of the grounds so that a wall could be built.
The director of the firm – Gary Wardle – was operating the chainsaw whilst the worker was holding a log steady. This meant that the worker was positioned just 30 cm away form the blade of the saw, rather than the recommended safe distance of 5 metres.
The blade of the chainsaw snagged during cutting the log and this movement accidentally pulled the worker’s hand into contact with the teeth of the machine. His thumb was cut down to the bone in the incident. His other fingers were also injured.
Mr Wardle did not report the worker’s injury to the Health and Safety Executive, despite being required by law to do so. The HSE did investigate the incident and decided that basic safety practices for using a chainsaw had not been used.
Yesterday, at Stafford Magistrates’ Court, Gary Wardle pleaded guilty to breaking the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations. He was fined £2,500.