Engineering company find for safety failings

An engineering company based in High Peak has been fined after a worker was injured.

Stockport Magistrates’ Court heard how Darren Combs, a 50 year old fabricator/welder from Manchester was working for Thornsett Engineering Limited.

He was manufacturing aluminium parts using a three roll bender when the gloves he was wearing caught between two of the rollers.

Mr Combs eventually released his hand from the glove, but as a result of his injuries he lost the ring finger on his left hand and his middle finger was mangled.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 25 March 2015 found the risk assessment was not suitable and sufficient and did not identify the risk of entanglement from wearing gloves.

There was inadequate monitoring and review of risk assessments and procedures, and no competent health and safety advice at the company.

Thornsett Engineering Limited, of Thornsett Trading Estate, Birch Vale, High Peak, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,843.

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