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Lack of cutting guards leads to employee losing fingers

A milling company has been fined after a worker suffered life changing injuries resulting in full and partial loss of three fingers on his dominant hand.

Peterborough Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Nene Milling Company Limited in Wisbech was cleaning wood dust from a 4-sided planer/moulder using an extraction pipe and his hand came into contact with the cutter block. Access to the working parts is usually prevented by hood enclosures but these were damaged, meaning the interlocks were not working. Also, during the set up process, temporary cutter guards should have been in place but were not.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found the company failed to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery and failed to provide adequate information, instruction, training and supervision of employees.

Nene Milling Company Limited of Brigstock Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and have been fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,499.03.