A Nottinghamshire man suffered serious personal injury, after his arm was punctured by a large shard of wood in an accident at work.
Forty year old Paul Murdoch, of New Ollerton, was working for Weldon Contracts Ltd, at their workshop in Caunton Road, Norwell, when a large splinter of wood measuring almost ninety centimetres in length, broke off a walnut board he was cutting and stuck in his arm.
Mr. Murdoch was taken to hospital with the piece of wood still in place, and has since made a full recovery from his injuries.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), revealed that the circular ripsaw was unguarded at the time of the accident and did not have a riving knife, which is a safety device designed to prevent such incidents, which are known as ‘kickbacks’ in the trade.
Weldon Contracts Ltd, of Norton Disney, in Lincolnshire, was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £4,773, after admitting a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at Nottingham Magistrates Court.
Speaking after the court hearing a HSE inspector stated that the company had failed in its duty to ensure that the machine was fit for purpose and it was only the quick thinking of the company’s first aider that prevented Mr. Murdoch’s injuries being more serious.