Man loses finger on lathe

A North Shields based company, Mectronic Instruments Limited, was prosecuted after an employee injured his hand resulting in the amputation of a finger.

A worker for the precision machining company in Tyne and Wear, was polishing a metal component on a manual lathe by holding an abrasive pad against the rotating component when the incident occurred on 11 June 2014. The injured person had a bandage on his middle finger due to an injury sustained the previous day, and this snagged on the rotating component, resulting in the injury.

Mectronic Instruments Limited was fined £2,722 and ordered to pay £861 in costs and a victim surcharge of £120 at North Tyneside Magistrates Court on Friday 19 June 2015 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Notes to Editors:

The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. 

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states: “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.”

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