A timber company based in Stoke-on-Trent has been prosecuted, after a worker severed a finger in a circular saw accident.
Stafford Magistrates’ Court was told that the forty two year old employee, who has not been named, was working for Scott Timber Limited, at their premises on the Oldfields Business Park, in Birrell Street, when he lost his finger while operating a circular bench saw.
His injuries were so severe that he had to take several months off work and losing his finger has severely affected his day to day activities.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the employee had not received adequate tuition in how to use the saw properly and the saws top guard had not been correctly adjusted.
It was also noted that a required ‘push stick’ safety device, was not connected to the machine.
Scott Timber Limited of Oldfields Business Park, Birrell Street, Stoke on Trent, was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay a total of £2,309 in court costs, after admitting a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.
Speaking after the court hearing a HSE inspector stated that had the guard been correctly adjusted and the push stick device been in place the accident could never have happened.