Friday, 2 March 2018

Lack of system of work or instruction causes saw blade to fall, severing the fingers on one hand

Mercury Specialist Frames Limited, based in Gloucester, was fined  £12,057 (inc.costs) after an incident at its site resulted in a worker having his fingers and part of his palm severed.
The circumstances were:
  • The accident occurred on an Omga chop saw.
  • There were no risk assessments.
  • There were no safe systems of work in place and the company failed to provide sufficient information and instruction.
  • On 2 August 2016 Petr Jelinek was using this saw when the blade fell onto his right hand, severing the fingers of his right hand above the knuckles.

The HSE inspector said:
“Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to inform, instruct and train their workers in the safe system of working. If a suitable safe system of work had been in place prior to the incident, the serious injuries sustained by the employee could have been prevented.”

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