Gloucestershire woodwork saw injuries: amputated fingers
Amputated fingers: £8000 fine
Health and Safety Executive v Severn Valley Woodworks Ltd (2015) Stroud magistrates’ court, August 3
Severn Valley Woodworks Ltd has been fined after a worker suffered the amputation of three fingers when using a table saw.
Significant points of the case
In September 2014 Egidijus Norkus, an agency worker, was using a table saw to cut tongue and groove boards for use as bird table bases.
He suffered the loss of three fingers.
The company had not trained the victim in a safe system of work for making the products. It had failed to supervise the work and had not effectively set up the saw.
The company was fined £8000 plus £1100 costs for a breach of section 3, HSW Act, for failing to ensure the health and safety of non-employees.
An HSE inspector was reported to have made the following comments after the case:
This had been an unfortunate incident which could have been avoided if the company had effectively supervised workers using dangerous machinery.
The woodwork industry has a high accident rate. Most accidents are caused by contact with moving machinery.
Employers need to ensure that machines are effectively guarded and workers are adequately trained and supervised.