Basic machinery safety deficiencies result in huge financial penalty

An engineering business from Essex has been fined £250,000 after a workman suffered injury to his hand on a drilling machine.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard how the employee was drilling a casting when the glove on his hand became entangled on the rotating drill bit dragging his hand onto the dangerous part of machinery.

He suffered injuries to his hand which required a skin graft and was off work for two months.

Inadequate guarding, training and supervision

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 16 December 2014 found that the machine was badly guarded and poorly maintained.

The operator was not properly trained or supervised.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £250,000 and ordered to pay costs of over £12,000.