Woodworking Company Fined After Employee is Seriously Injured

This case highlights the importance of carrying out risk assessments to spot potential hazards in the workplace. If a risk assessment had taken place then this incident may have been prevented and the company would not have faced prosecution.

The Incident

Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that, on 8th March 2018, the worker had reached over an unguarded rotating driveshaft in an attempt to alter the positioning of a piece of wood which had come out of an automated wood planer machine used to break wood down into different sizes.

As the worker reached over the hi-vis jacket and t-shirt he was wearing were caught, pulling him into the machine. As a result of the incident, he suffered a torn tendon in one of his fingers, a broken wrist, a broken finger, and nerve damage to his left arm.

Investigation by Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

An investigation by the HSE revealed the company had failed to correctly assess the entrapment hazard posed by the installation of the conveyor line to the machine.

Peter Ramsey & Sons (Denholme) Timber Ltd Wellington Street sawmills Bradford pled guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company were fined £56,000 and ordered to pay £3,484.84 in costs.