Severed hand - £12,000 fine

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The machine is used to bend sheet metal and was fitted with an electronic motion guard to stop the machine moving if a part of a person entered the danger zone. However, when the  worker  reached into the machine to reposition a part, the safety guard failed to operate resulting in his hand being  severed.

After a Health and Safety investigation the firm received a £12,000.00 fine and the employee in question has had his life changed forever.

I feel that this firm have got away lightly with a fine of £12,000.00. This accident could have so easily been avoided if there had been proper training, the machines maintained correctly or if the young man had shadowed another employee for part of the day etc. The fine for such a tragic life changing accident appears disproportionate. 

David Chilcott is an Associate of the Institute of Legal Executives

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