Fencing company fined after Health and Safety Executive case

A fencing company has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered serious injuries to his left arm.

Taunton Crown Court heard how, on 18 January 2014, an employee of Weavo (Fencing) Products Limited was using a band re-saw (large saw used for cutting timber) when his gloved hand became caught on the spiked wheel of the feeding mechanism.

As a result, the worker’s left arm was severed to just below the shoulder.

Weavo (Fencing) Products Limited, of Station Works, Hatch Beauchamp, Taunton, was fined a total of £50,000, and ordered to pay £11,769 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Mehtaab Hamid said: "This was an entirely avoidable incident, which resulted in a man suffering severe trauma and life-changing injury because of a number of failures by his employer."

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