top of page
  • Writer's pictureRobert Spicer

Severed hand in the workplace: company fined £24,000

Severed hand: £24,000 finE

Health and Safety Executive v Pipework Engineering Services Ltd (2017) Birmingham magistrates’ court, May 26

Statutory reference: regulation 17 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

Pipework Engineering Services Ltd has been fined following an incident in which a worker suffered a severed hand.

The facts

· In March 2016 a worker was operating a foot pedal saw. His hand came into contact with the saw’s rotating blade.

· He suffered a severed hand and wrist which required surgical intervention to reattach.

· The company had failed to install the machine correctly and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. This meant that it could be operated from a position which took the operator very close to the blade.

The decision

The company was fined £24,000 plus £2000 costs under regulation 17 of PUWER.

Recent Posts

See All


Limitation Case TVZ v Manchester City Football Club Ltd [2022] EWHC 7, Hugh Court Facts Eight men who had been sexually abused by a football coach in the 1980s claimed compensation in negligence fro

Crown immunity and the rule of law (3)

Civil proceedings Until 1948 the Crown could not be made a party to a civil action. This was an offshoot of the principle of sovereign immunity. The Crown Proceedings Act 1947 changed this rule. The C

Crown immunity and the rule of law (2)

Recent examples In June 2018 prison officers were taking part in a petrol bomb training exercise. This was part of an eight-day commanders course at the National Tactical Response Group training facil


Post: Blog2_Post
bottom of page