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Basic safety failures cause worker to lose parts of his fingers while using a band re-saw

Timberline DIY Limited has today been sentenced after an employee injured three of his fingers while cleaning a band re-saw.

South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard how the worker was cleaning the saw at the premises on Riley Street, Jarrow, when he made contact with a moving blade. As a result of his injuries, the worker was rushed to hospital where he had to have three of his fingers partially amputated.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the machine was not effectively braked and therefore the cutting blade took an excessive time to stop. Additionally, there were failings in the guarding of the machine and adequate training had not been provided to the worker.

Timberline DIY Limited, of Riley Street, Jarrow, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £40,000 with £8,000 costs.