Head Of Training, The Healthy Work Company

August 27, 2015

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Firm fined after agency worker is injured at Lockerbie sawmill

A company that manufactures garden timber products has been fined for safety failings that led to a worker sustaining serious injuries to his left hand when it was dragged into machinery.

Dumfries Sheriff Court heard how, in March 2014, while working at Forest Sawmills Limited’s premises in Stevens Croft, Lockerbie, agency worker Scott Gordon’s left hand was pulled into a twin band re-saw machine for cutting wood after it made contact with either the powered in-feed roller or the saw blade, causing injuries to his index and middle finger. He was left with permanent scarring.

The court heard how the company failed to provide effective measures to prevent access to dangerous machinery.

Forest Sawmills Limited, of Hartlebury, Kiddermister was fined a total of £7,000, after pleading guilty to an offence under Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, regulations 11(1) and (2).

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