Countrywide Farmers PLC, a national company specialising in products and services to rural communities was fined £35,157 (inc. costs) after a worker was injured in a woodworking machinery incident.
The circumstances were:
On 3 September 2014, a worker’s hand came into contact with the blade of a rotating circular saw.
As a result, he lost 2 fingers on his left hand.
The HSE inspector said: “This incident and the disfiguring injury that it caused resulted from basic failings in the appreciation and control of a well-known hazardous operation. Necessary guidance and physical means to carry out the work safely were both readily and cheaply available, and the firm should have provided both. Had the person in control been well informed and provided with competent supporting advice, this incident would not have happened.”