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Company fined after worker injury

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned construction firms to ensure they use adequate personal protective equipment on sites after a company was fined over the issue.

Anglian Timber of Wix, Essex was fined £5,000 and order to pay costs of almost £20,000 after being found guilt for not taking effective measures to protect one of is workers.

It came after an employee suffered injuries to his right hand while checking extraction pipes in a spindle moulding machine.

Martin Kneebone, inspector of the HSE, said: 'It is essential that companies ensure the guarding systems on any rotating machinery are effective to prevent access to dangerous parts.'

He added that it is 'foreseeable that a production operative will try and clear a blockage in any machine particularly if it occurs on a regular basis'.

The HSE recently announced it is planning to hold a free safety awareness event in Portree.

Set to take place in February 10th, the seminar is being held specifically for crofters and farmers on the Isle of Skye.

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