Worktop Fabrications Limited, from Nottingham, admitted a charge under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court and was fined £20,000 with costs of £4,574.
This followed an employee having two fingers amputated after they were damaged by a cutting blade that had had the protective guard disconnected. It transpired that the guard on the edge banding machine had been modified four or five years previously. The original interlocked guards had been replaced by a lock and key system that did not prevent the machine operating with the hood open. The company had carried out a risk assessment about a year after the modification but this had failed to identify the lack of an effective system to prevent injury.