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Lincolnshire timber company fined for employee hand injury

saw_imageKestrel Timber Frame Ltd, of Bourne, Lincolnshire, has been fined after a worker suffered a severe and permanent hand injury while using a circular saw.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that the employee was using a table mounted circular saw when his hand was caught in the blade -  it had become standard practice for employees to remove the guard as the height adjustment mechanism on the saw was broken.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section (2)1 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, was fined £6,700 and ordered to pay full costs of £4,117.

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