Two firms in court after worker injured
Two companies based in the South West have been fined £2,000 each for safety failings after a worker suffered serious injuries when his hand was caught in a stone cutting machine.
Swindon Magistrates Court heard that Richard Hale, 52, of Easterton, near Devizes, was cleaning the machine at Windsmere Stone & Granite Ltd in Wiltshire when the incident happened on 12 March 2013.
The glove on his left hand was caught and dragged by the corner of a moving blade motor carriage into the narrow gap between it and a support frame.
His hand was trapped for around an hour, until emergency services were able to release him, with the skin, muscles and tendons stripped from the back of his hand.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that Windsmere Stone & Granite, who employed Hale, had bought the stone cutting machine in 2012 from Waters Group Ltd of Cornwall.
HSE said the machine, which had been imported, was not fitted with adequate safeguards to prevent employees putting their hands into the traps between moving and fixed parts underneath.
The agency found that Windsmere Stone had not checked to ensure the machine was safe for employees to use – and the court also heard Waters Group had failed to supply a machine which was safe.
Windsmere Stone & Granite of Melksham was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £3,337 costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
Waters Group of Liskeard was fined a total of £2,000 and ordered to pay £5,020 costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008.