Concrete wall blocks firm fined after workers hand crushed

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Concrete wall blocks firm Thakeham Tiles Ltd has been sentenced after a worker’s hand was crushed in an unguarded machine

Brighton Magistrates’ Court discovered how, on 25 April 2018, an experienced worker was making concrete wall blocks at their site on Rock Road, West Sussex, when his hand became trapped and was crushed by the machine he was using. The worker suffered three broken fingers and a thumb and had to undergo surgery to stabilise his hand.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed the company had failed to ensure that the machine was properly guarded. The machine had been not been properly guarded for a number of years.

Thakeham Tiles Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and has been fined £26,667 with £3,560 costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Russell Beckett commented: “This case highlights the importance of ensuring that dangerous moving parts of machinery are guarded.

“This incident could so easily have been avoided by having suitable guarding on the machine and systems in place to periodically check machine safety.”

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