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Manufacturing company fined after worker suffers life-changing injury

A manufacturing company has been sentenced after a worker lost his right thumb whilst working on a lathe.

Cheltenham Magistrates Court heard how the employee of Mekufa (UK) limited was injured when his gloved hand got caught on a moving part of machinery, resulting in the amputation of his right thumb.

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found the risks associated with working on lathes were foreseeable, but the company failed to both identify these risks and implement a safe system of work to carry out such tasks.

Mekufa (UK) Limited of Permali Park, Bristol Road, Gloucester, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and has been fined £14,170 and ordered to pay costs of £2,849.50.