Unsupervised worker injured
A worker lost three fingers after being instructed to use a table saw by his supervisor to cut tongue and grove boards, when his left hand came into contact with the blade and he lost the top of his middle, ring and little fingers.
The investigation, carried out by the Health and Safety Executive, found that the injured worker had not trained in a safe system of work, failed to supervise the work and found that the table saw was not effectively set up.
The company was fined £8,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was ordered to pay £1,142 in costs.
The incident could have been avoided if the company had effectively supervised workers using dangerous machinery and ensured that the machines were effectively guarded, and workers adequately trained.[/fusion_text]