An engineering firm based in Hampshire has been fined following an accident at work incident in which a worker lost a finger.
Repro Engineering Limited had permitted the custom and practice of defeating interlocks on CNC metal working lathes to develop. This resulted in the possibility of machines being operated at the same time access was allowed to the moving parts.
Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard that at the time of the incident, a worker was attempting to release a jammed work-piece when his hand came into contact with the moving parts, severing his finger.
Sentencing and fines
After pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Repro Engineering Limited, of Aysgarth Road, Waterlooville, Portsmouth was fined £14,000. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £2,222,37.
Frank Flannery, HSE Inspector, said after the case:
“This incident could have been prevented by more active and robust management action, it sends out a message to employers that tampering with safety devices can lead to injury and prosecution”
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Source: Health & Safety Executive