Wakefield engineering firm in court after agency worker injures hand on lathe
An engineering firm has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker suffered injuries to his hand.
The man, employed by The Works agency, had been working for just four days when he was injured. Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard that in September 2014, at the site of Hallamshire Engineering Service Ltd, which at the time was based in Dinnington, he was polishing a metal shaft on a lathe using emery cloth while wearing gloves. The glove appeared to snag and dragged his hand towards the rotating shaft.
As a result of the incident, the worker dislocated his scaphoid bone (a carpal bone on the thumb side of the wrist) and his hand injury required stitches.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that suitable and sufficient assessments had not been carried out to determine control measures for polishing. There were no clear guidelines for employees and others, such as agency workers, on safe ways to polish.
Hallamshire Engineering Service Ltd of Belle Vue, Wakefield, West Yorkshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 3 (1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work regulations 1999. The company was fined £5,000 with £2,763.40 costs.
http://taxi-24.eu/index.php?option=com_content After the hearing, HSE inspector Laura Hunter commented:
“Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working.
“This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.”
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