Manufacturing firm fined after worker was injured in machinery

A company that manufactures heat recovery units has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered an injury to his left hand.

Dudley Magistrates’ Court heard how on 10 March 2015, a 36-year-old employee of AirDesign (UK) Limited, Dudley, was operating an unguarded notching machine when his finger became entangled in the machinery causing injury to a finger on his left hand which later required amputation to the second joint.

On Tuesday 6 October 2015, AirDesign (UK) Limited, of Washington Centre, Halesowen Road, Netherton, was fined a total of £2,000, and ordered to pay £632.68 in costs with a victim surcharge of £120 after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Karl Raw, said:

“The need to guard dangerous machinery is well known with established industry guidance available in relation to standards and methods.”

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Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) 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.
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