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Window Company Fined Over Injury To Worker

A window manufacturing company in Macclesfield has been fined after a worker sustained severe injury to his finger.

On 30 July 2010, an incident took place at the company’s factory in which a worker had a finger severed by a rotating saw.

According to an investigation carried out by the HSE, the rotating saw which the worker was using was poorly guarded.

In a hearing, Macclesfield Magistrates’ Court was told that the incident took place when a 26 year old worker was placing a piece of uPVC plastic underneath the blade which was still running.  His hand came into contact with the blade and this caused the index finger on his left hand to be cut off.

The court heard that the machine kept running in between cuts to allow the production to move swiftly.  This means that the workers were often exposed to unguarded saw blades as they placed pieces of plastic underneath the blade by hand.

East Cheshire Glass Ltd was ordered to pay a fine of £1,000 with an additional in £3,342 in costs.  The company admitted to breaching Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

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