Construction firm fined after worker severs hand


A construction company has been fined after a worker’s hand was severed by an inadequately guarded mitre saw on a construction site in Bolney, Sussex

Lewes Magistrates’ Court heard that on 9 January 2019, a worker installing a skirting board in a new build house was using a powered mitre saw to cut material to length.

An investigation by the Health and Safety (HSE), found that there was a systematic failure to ensure the mitre saw was properly guarded, and there was insufficient supervision on site.

The guard of the saw had been propped up, meaning the full front of the saw blade was exposed.

During the works, the mitre saw fell forward onto a worker’s right hand causing part of their hand to be severed.

This was re-attached in surgery, although he has not regained full use of it.

Safe working practices were being followed

Borrowdale Construction Homes Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974.

They were fined £21,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,567.

HSE inspector Leah Sullivan, said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply ensuring that the correct control measures were in place and that safe working practices were being followed.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”


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