24/04/2019

Company fined after worker suffers serious injuries

Concrete wall blocks company Thakeham Tiles Ltd has today been sentenced
after a worker's hand was crushed in an unguarded machine.

Brighton Magistrates' Court heard how, on 25 April 2018, an experienced worker
was making concrete screen wall blocks at their site on Rock Road, West Sussex,
when his hand became trapped and was crushed by the machine he was using. The
worker suffered three broken fingers and thumb and had to undergo surgery to
stabilise his hand.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had
failed to ensure that the machine was properly guarded. The machine had been
not been properly guarded for a number of years.

Thakeham Tiles Ltd of Rock Road, Storrington, West Sussex pleaded guilty to
breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment
Regulations 1998 and has been fined £26,667 with £3,560 costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Russell Beckett commented: "This case
highlights the importance of ensuring that dangerous moving parts of machinery
are guarded.

"This incident could so easily have been avoided by having suitable guarding on
the machine and systems in place to periodically check machine safety.”

AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)