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Stoke-on-Trent company fined after worker's finger severed by saw

A Stoke-on-Trent timber company has been fined after an employee lost his finger while operating a circular saw.

The 42-year-old worker from Stoke on Trent, who has asked not to be named, severed his finger while using a circular bench saw at Scott Timber Limited on 12 January 2011.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the top guard on the saw had not been adjusted correctly, the required 'push stick' protection device was not attached to the machinery, and the employee had not been given sufficient training to operate the saw.

Stafford Magistrates' Court heard, on Wednesday, 9 May, that the victim was off work for several months as a result of the incident, and his day to day life has also been adversely affected.

Scott Timber Limited of Oldfields Business Park, Birrell Street, Stoke on Trent, pleaded guilty to breaching section Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

The company was fined £5,000 by the court, and ordered to pay full costs of £2,309.


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