James Doig had the two middle fingers of his right hand amputated after they were injured during an incident at Lam-Art Ltd. The Sheriff Court heard that although Mr Doig had experience and training in regards to using the machine, he had not been taught how to turn the machine on safely resulting in a fine for his company, Lam-Art, of £5,000.
The employee had been working at the company for 20 years and was only in charge of using the machinery when the normal operators were not in work. Although he was trained, another untrained worker had switched the machine on incorrectly, when Mr Doig then went to check the machine, the other worker who was on shift with Mr Doig touched the control panel, trapping Mr Doig’s fingers between metal plates in the machine.
As a result of the accident, the worker sustained serious injury to four fingers with two having to be amputated. Lam-Art admitted one charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act. The firm admitted failing to ensure all people using the Orma veneer press had adequate health and safety guidance and written instructions for safe usage of the equipment, in particular, to correct procedures for starting and setting up the machine.
A representation of the firm said that that the accident that had occurred was a “most unfortunate breakdown of communication”.
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