Firm fined for cutter injury

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A Langley Mill window manufacturer has been fined £10,000 after an employee’s arm was dragged into a poorly guarded machine.

Wayne Marshall, 29, of Eastwood, was using a corner cleaning machine at Frame Trade UK Ltd when the incident happened on May 13, 2010. His sleeve got caught on a high speed cutter when he tried to clear debris and he suffered serious lacerations to his left forearm, damaged tendons on two fingers and was off work for several weeks.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard last Thursday that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the machine wasn’t adequately guarded.

HSE inspector Berian Price said: “Employers have a duty to make sure machinery is adequately guarded so that staff cannot access dangerous moving parts. Mr Marshall had not been shown how to correctly isolate the power to the machine. He was not aware of the dangers and suffered some particularly nasty injuries as a result.”

Frame Trade UK Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was ordered to pay full costs of £6,541.