A glazing company based in Hampshire has been fined after a worker lost part of a finger in an accident involving a wood planing machine.
Norbet Pietrzkiewicz was working on reducing the thickness of timber at Total Installations Ltd last February, when his little finger was drawn into the rotating blades.
Norbert was attempting to brush off wood shavings from the machine as they kept causing blockages, when his glove was drawn into the machine.
The blades, which were spinning at 7,000 rpm shaved his finger down and it had to be amputated below the first joint.
The HSE investigated the accident and discovered the company wasn’t using adequate safeguards to prevent injury and that the machine had been set up by an untrained operative.
The company were fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £3,791.50 in costs.
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