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Hand protection highlighted by company prosecutionPosted on 12/02/2010

Hand protection highlighted by company prosecution

The importance of hand protection has been highlighted by the prosecution of a firm responsible for failing to prevent an employee's finger being sliced off.

Droitwich Spa-based M&M Windows Ltd was fined £10,000 and £2,500 in costs after pleading guilty to breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969.

Worker Jeremy Adams' finger was caught by a blade while cutting window frames on a double pivoting head mitre cutting saw, highlighting the value of hand protection.

Jenny Skeldon, inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, claimed that the employee had been severely let down by the firm.

She said: 'It was an injury that could have easily been prevented but the company failed to ensure the saw machinery was fully guarded to prevent access to dangerous parts.'

In other news, personal protective equipment brand Sperian Protection has issued workplace safety guidance designed to safeguard the health of workers.

Posted by Michael Paige

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