Plastics company fined after worker’s injury

A plastics company who engineer nylon products has been sentenced after an employee had his finger amputated as a result of an incident with a circular saw.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), prosecuting, told Oldbury Magistrates’ Court the worker’s hand slipped into a moving circular saw causing damage to his knuckle resulting in amputation of his right forefinger below the second knuckle.

The employee had removed the guard on the machine as the size of the piece he was working on was causing access problems.

The court was told there were safer machines available to carry out the task, but a flawed risk assessment process and lack of information, instruction and training resulted in an improvised system of work that was not safe.

Westley Plastics Ltd Gawne Lane, Cradley Heath, West Midlands was fined £9,000 with costs of £2,407 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

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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