Company to pay £12k after Lincolnshire worker severed three fingers
A conveyor supplier has been ordered to pay over £12k after a Lincolnshire worker severed three fingers in an ungaurded machine.
Grantham Magistrates’ Court yesterday (30 September) heard that Shaun Newcomb was working in Sewstern, Lincolnshire, on 9 March 2012, when the incident happened.
Mr Newcomb, 30, of Bourne, was attempting to clear some blocked wood from the conveyor but as he did so his right hand came into contact with the sprockets and chains that drove the belt and he severed parts of his middle, ring and little finger.
He underwent two operations, physiotherapy, cell generation treatment and counselling and was unable to work for nine months.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the conveyor had been supplied by Armistead Engineering Ltd a few months before the incident, but that it was inadequately guarded.
Armistead Engineering Ltd, of Albion Avenue, Acomb, York, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974 for failing to protect people not in its employment and was fined £6,667 with £5,715 costs.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Berian Price said:
“This incident could have been so easily prevented had the company not failed in their duties to ensure the machinery was safe."