Posted 13th May

Joinery firm fined after two workers suffer finger amputations

13th May 2019 - 15:37pm
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Chesham, Buckinghamshire-based joinery firm Flory Works Ltd has been fined £10,600 after two separate incidents that led to workers’ fingers being amputated, according to the Health and Safety Executive – HSE.

Reading Magistrates’ Court heard how one employee of Flory Works Ltd was injured while cutting timber on the blade of an unstable sliding table saw in August 2017; the worker suffered amputations to the middle and index fingers on his right hand.

A second incident, which took place in September 2018, saw an apprentice joiner’s finger amputated down to the first knuckle as he was feeding timber through a planer thicknesser. An insufficient guard caused the planer’s blade to come into contact with the employee’s finger, HSE said.

HSE’s investigation into the two incidents found that Flory Works Ltd “failed to ensure effective measures were taken to prevent access to dangerous parts of their machinery”. HSE issued the company with three improvement notices and a prohibition notice.

According to HSE, Flory Works Ltd complied with the prohibition notice by making the sliding table saw stable, but “failed to comply with the improvement notices within the given deadline”. The company still failed to comply after a further extension was given.

The company pleaded guilty to one breach of Section 2(1), and three breaches of Section 33(1)G of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, as well as a breach under Section 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. Flory Works Ltd was fined £10,600 and ordered to pay costs of £2,024.60.

“This incident could easily have been prevented had the machinery been properly maintained,” said HSE inspector Thomas Giles. “Failings in health and safety management were reflected in the general poor standards which were further compounded by the company’s non-compliance with Improvement Notices served by HSE.

“Awareness and management of health and safety, regardless of the company size, is crucial to ensuring the safety of the workforce, and companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

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