Worker loses all fingers and thumb in machinery
An assistant farm manager from Norwich lost all his fingers and thumb of his left hand when it became
caught in machinery.
Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard how the farm manager was operating a firewood processing machine,
which consisted of a circular saw, log splitter and conveyer.
In the course of splitting a log, the worker’s left hand became caught between the log and the splitting wedge, and all the fingers and the thumb on the hand were severed.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 13 February 2014 found that the machine had recently been supplied and did not comply with the relevant British standard and it was not safe to use.
Rytec Industrial Equipment Limited, of Town Green Lane, Settrington, Malton, North Yorkshire, who supplied the machine in Great Britain, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 6(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,441.
Metal Agricola S.R.L, of Via Michelini, Levaldigi, Italy, who manufactured the machine, pleaded guilty to breaching section 6(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 , and was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,099.