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An incident that occurred at a company in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, resulting in a worker losing two of his fingers, has drawn attention the importance of using safety guards and precautions to prevent accidents taking place.

Coldmac Ltd had been contracted to work on a new footway in April 2015, when the accident happened. The employee had been working for the road surfacing company, operating a mixing machine. A screwdriver was being used by the worker to scrape residue asphalt from the mixer, when the screwdriver slipped, catching the lip of the machine. Two fingers were lost as a result of the incident.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had carried out an investigation, finding that the guarding on the mixer had been below the required safety standard. The Scunthorpe firm pleaded guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, received a fine of £6,000 and was told to pay costs of £1,995.92.


Luke Messenger, the inspector for the HSE, said that the case highlighted the requirement for a company to check its machinery and equipment, ensuring that the correct safety measures were in place. The use of PPE and taking appropriate safety measures could help to avoid serious injuries from occurring too.

All businesses have a duty of care, applicable to both workers and members of public, to ensure that injuries are avoided. This may involve the use of safety workwear, training and PPE to prevent accidents and protect workers from harm in the workplace.

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