A West Sussex company has been prosecuted after employee suffers a crush injury at work.
Thakeham Tiles Ltd was sentenced in Brighton Magistrates Court after an employee’s hand became crushed by an unguarded machine.
The employee was experienced and was making concrete screen wall blocks. His hand was crushed when it became trapped.
The injury at work left the employee with painful breaks to three fingers and a thumb. He had to undergo surgery to stabilise the hand.
The resulting Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found failures of the West Sussex company.
The employer had failed to ensure the machine was properly guarded.
And, the machine had not been guarded properly for numerous years.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching a regulation and was fined over £26,000 and over £3500 in costs.
HSE inspector Russell Beckett said,
“This case highlights the importance of ensuring dangerous moving parts of machinery are guarded. This incident could so easily have been avoided by having suitable guarding on the machine and systems in place to periodically check machine safety.”
“It is vital that companies ensure that machinery is fit for purpose, maintained efficiently and control measures are routinely monitored and assessed. The consequence of not doing so is that employees get injured, as in this case. Employees deserve to go to work and come home from work safely.”
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