Precision tool manufacturer fined £100,000 after worker severs finger

On 2nd October 2018, an employee was using a hole saw with a radial arm drilling machine when his glove became entangled, resulting in the injuries.

The HSE issued two improvement notices to the company following the incident for failing to provide employees with appropriate training, on the use of the radial arm drill, and failing to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of the drill. This should have included informing employees not to wear gloves when using this type of machinery.

L.S. Starrett Company Limited of Oxnam Road, Jedburgh, Scotland pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £100,000.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Kim Ross commented, “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out the correct control measures and safe working practices. Organisations should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

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