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Bolton pallet factory convicted after fingers severed

The machine the employee was working on when his fingers were severedA Bolton pallet manufacturer has been convicted for health and safety offences after a factory worker's fingers were cut off by a rotating saw.

The 27-year-old lost three fingers on his left hand, down to the second knuckle, while working at Frank Hill Ltd. on the Scot Lane Industrial Estate in Blackrod. The firm was prosecuted after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found there was no guard on the saw and the worker had not received training on how to use it.

Frank Hill Ltd., which formerly traded as IPC Services, was found guilty of two breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 on following a trial at Trafford Magistrates Court on 16 December 2012.

The company went into liquidation on 28 July 2011 and was fined £2 with no costs during a sentencing hearing at Manchester Crown Court on 30 April 2012.


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