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04 Aug CASE STUDY: WORKER’S FINGER SEVERED IN MACHINERY

A tube fabrication company based in Caerphilly has been fined after a worker had a finger severed in machinery. 

Newport Magistrates’ Court heard an employee of HLP Tube Formers Limited was operating a metal cutting saw when his right hand came into contact with the machinery, severing part of his index finger. 

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 2 March 2015 found that the risk assessment did not identify the hazard and failed to implement effective action. 

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Phil Charrett said: “Employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from dangerous parts of machinery. This injury was easily prevented and the risk should have been identified.” 

HLP Tube Formers Limited, of Pantglas Industrial Estate, Bedwas, Caerphilly, Mid Glamorgan, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1999 (PUWER), and was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,208.