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Saw Injures Worker- Timber Firm Fined for Breaching Laws
Posted by David Cant on July 13, 2011

A timber company were held responsible for the injuries sustained by one of their teenage workers back in 2009.  The young man, aged just 18 years old when the accident occurred.  Lewis Maker was operating a panel saw to cut a piece of board.  As he was holding the board with his hand it was dragged over the blade of the saw.  This caused the top of his hand to be chopped off.

Mr Maker was taken to hospital where the surgeons managed to successfully re attach the part of the hand which was removed.  However, He is still unable to use his hand fully and has minimal use.

Once Again Lack of Training Was to Blame

The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and decided to prosecute the firm after discovering that Mr Maker had received very little training in how to use the panel saw correctly. Health and safety consultants offer a wide range of training courses which are there to help employees make sure that they know what is expected of them when it comes to the safety of their workers.

Mr Maker had been working for the Cornwall firm for just five days before the accident.  Had he received the proper training, as required by law, the accident could have been completely avoided.  Instead Mr Maker has been left without the full use of his hand, and it is unclear if he will ever have full use of it again.

The Accident Resulted in Fines for the Timber Firm

The timber company was taken to court for breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.  Frame Homes Ltd, which operates from Cardrew Industrial Estate, were fined a total of £20,000 and given additional costs to pay which totalled £13,700. Section 2(1) is the regulation which dictates that it is the duty of the employer to ensure that safety health and welfare of their employees, as far as is reasonably predictable.

Had Frame Homes given the proper training, as offered by health and safety consultants, they could have avoided prosecution.  A HSE inspector told the press that along with the training, Mr Maker should have been given access to a supervisor who was fully trained. It is down to employers to make sure all workers are kept safe, and this is vital with new employees who are even more vulnerable.

Training Helps Avoid Accidents and Prosecution

The health and safety consultants, Veritas, Hold a number of training courses at regular intervals.  These courses are for various different aspects of Health and Safety.  You can organise a training course for yourself or for your employees to make sure that full training is provided.

These health and safety training services are just one of the ways that Veritas can help you to prevent accidents in the work place.  To speak to an advisor call 0800 1488 677 and ask about the various ways in which the consultants are able to assist you and your employees.


David Cant is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner extraordinaire. He has a wealth of Industry experience and is the MD of Veritas Consulting. David also Blogs about Health and Safety here Health and Safety Consultants

His aim is to flavour Health and Safety with integrity, served with a side of humour You can find David on - Twitter and Google also Linkedin

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