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Machinery supplier fined £18,000 after worker suffered serious hand injury in farming incident

A machinery supplier from North Yorkshire has pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act following a farm incident in 2014.

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Both the machinery manufacturer and supplier were fined £14,000 plus costs
Both the machinery manufacturer and supplier were fined £14,000 plus costs

An investigation into a farm machinery incident which left a worker without fingers and a thumb on one hand has found the machine was not safe to use.

 

An assistant farm manager from Norwich lost all his fingers and thumb from his left hand after it became caught in machinery in February 2014.

 

The worker was operating a firewood processing machine when his hand became caught between the log and the splitting wedge.

 

All the fingers and the thumb on the left hand were severed in the incident.

 

Guilty

 

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the machine had recently been supplied and did not comply with the relevant British standard and was not safe to use.

 

Rytec Industrial Equipment from North Yorkshire, who supplied the machine in the UK, pleaded guilty to breaching section 6(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act, and was fined £14,000, and ordered to pay costs of £4,441.

 

The machine’s manufacturer in Italy also pleaded guilty to breaching section 6(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act and was fined £14,000, with costs of £8,099.

 


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