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Manufacturing firm fined in health and safety breach

The worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, was making metal sills at Stormguard’s factory, when his right hand got caught and pulled around the rotating drill.
Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court was told that Stormguard’s own health and safety officer had identified inadequate guarding on the drill in a written report and also raised the issue of workers wearing gloves while using drills. However no action was taken by the company.
Stormguard was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £4,377 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Diane Parker, head of personal injury at Atherton Godfrey, said: “Stormguard’s case illustrates what happens when employers seemingly pay lip service to health and safety issues in the workplace. In this case, its health and safety officer had raised concerns about some safety issues in the factory, which were ignored. As a result, a worker, who had been with the company for only a few weeks, suffered from dislocated and fractured fingers.”
Speaking about the case, the HSE Inspector Deborah Walker said that the worker was fortunate to escape with minor injuries. She added that: “There’s absolutely no point inmanufacturers hiring health and safety officers if they’re not going to listen to their advice. Risk assessments should be acted on – not put on a shelf to gather dust.”If you have been involved in a workplace injury, speak to us. We are personal injury lawyers and can give you advice regarding your claim. Call 01302 320621 today.

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