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Recent health and safety prosecution highlights the importance of machinery guarding

A company based in Dudley has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered injury to his left hand.

The company – AirDesign (UK) manufactures heat recovery units.

On the 10 March 2015 a 36 year old employee was operating an unguarded notching machine when his finger became entangled in the machinery. This caused an injury to a finger on his left hand which later required amputation to the second joint.

On October 6 2015 AirDesign were fined a total of £2000 and order to pay £632.36 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

The need to guard dangerous parts of machinery is well known and the consequences of not guarding to current standards are as above.

If you require any help in reviewing your machinery and current guarding or just simply have concerns about managing the health and safety of your employees in line with the UK health and safety legislation, please do not hesitate to contact our health and safety consultant Sarah Dykes on 07795251594


Sarah Dykes
Sarah Dykes

Sarah is a highly experienced Health and Safety Specialist with twenty four years’ experience across a broad range of industry sectors, including: Engineering Woodworking Manufacturing Haulage Leisure and Offices to name a few. Sarah has the know-how and experience to interpret complex safety legislation in practical terms. Sarah helps busy managers in organisations by taking the hard work out of complying with complex Health & Safety legislation by providing realistic advice. Sarah is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOCSH). Sarah also gives advice on how to reduce the likelihood and success of employer’s liability claims through her experience of working at 2 international insurance companies. This combined with her Health and Safety knowledge and experience make her the ideal person to help you with your Health and Safety requirements.

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