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Worker loses all fingers and thumb in machinery

Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard how the farm manager was operating a firewood processing machine, which consisted of a circular saw, log splitter and conveyer.

In the course of splitting a log, the worker’s left hand became caught between the log and the splitting wedge, and all the fingers and the thumb on the hand were severed.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found that the machine had recently been supplied and did not comply with the relevant British standard and it was not safe to use.

Ryetec Industrial Equipment Limited, of Town Green Lane, Settrington, Malton, North Yorkshire, who supplied the machine in Great Britain, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 6(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,441.

Metal Agricola S.R.L, of Via Michelini, Levaldigi, Italy, who manufactured the machine, pleaded guilty to breaching section 6(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 , and was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,099.

Added: 23-05-2016

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