A pupil at a school in the West Midlands suffered serious injury, after his hand became trapped in a bench sanding machine.
The eleven year old pupil, who has not been named, was studying at the Alderbrook School, in Solihull and was using the sanding machine during a design and technology lesson.
Solihull Magistrates’ Court was told that the year seven student’s left hand became trapped, in between the machines table edge and the spinning sanding disc.
The youngster suffered tendon damage to his fingers in the incident, which required specialised surgery and kept him away from school for several weeks.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the accident and discovered that although the machine did have a safety guard in place; it was designed more for adult use and did not prevent the smaller pupils hand from becoming trapped.
The investigation also revealed that the machine had been highlighted as a potential entrapment hazard, during a risk assessment carried out by the school but no attempt to modify the machine or seek safety advice from the manufacturer had been attempted.
The Alderbrook School, of Blossomfield Road, in Solihull, received a fine of £3,500 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, following a successful prosecution by the HSE.