Head Of Training, The Healthy Work Company

April 29, 2015

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Window firm fined after worker’s severe hand injury

A window manufacturing firm has been fined £10,000 after a worker cut off all four fingers and most of his right hand while using a chop saw. It was heard in court how the employee was not adequately trained.

The employee was working at Griffin Windows, Treorchy, Mid Glamorgan when the incident occurred in March 2013.

Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court heard how he was cutting down thermal plastic inserts for window frames on a chop saw, but due to the lack of training provided he was operating the saw incorrectly- in that he was placing his hand close to the blade whilst wearing gloves and arm protectors.

Masco (UK) Window Group Limited, of which Griffin Windows are part of, pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £10,000, and ordered to pay full costs of £2,940.

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