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Engineering company fined after worker suffers hand injury

Luton and South Bedfordshire Magistrates’ Court heard how Chris Davis was working at the site in Royson, Hertfordshire using a manually operated metalworking lathe, when his hand became entangled  with the rotating workpiece.

This incident resulted in the worker later requiring surgical amputation to part of his left index finger.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the machine operators were using an unsafe system of work. The company failed to identify workers were routinely using this dangerous work practice. The investigation also found the lathe Mr Davis used had a faulty emergency footbrake, which had been reported to the company at an early date, but had not been taken out of service.

Thermal Engineering Ltd of Orchard Road, Royston has pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the company has been fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £834.

Added: 23-06-2017

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