A cable manufacturing company has been sentenced for safety breaches after one of their workers suffered the loss of his left little finger.
Magistrates in Sunderland heard that in September 2015 during the cable making process the injured worker put his left hand into the unguarded machine. His hand came into contact with dangerous parts of machinery, as a result of this he lost one finger and received serious lacerations to the other things on his left hand.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found there was no guarding in place to prevent access to the dangerous part of the machinery.
The cable company from County Durham pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations and was fined £40,000. Costs were also awarded.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Victoria Crofton commented: “This injury was easily prevented and the risk should have been identified.
“Employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from dangerous parts of machinery.”