Maker and supplier of "unsafe" log splitter fined following injury

The Italian manufacturer and UK supplier of a log processor have been given a five-figure fine after an assistant farm manager lost the fingers and thumb of one hand while using it.

Image: Fishhawk
Image: Fishhawk

The Norwich man suffered the injury in February 2014 while operating the machine, comprising a circular saw, log splitter and conveyer, when his left hand became caught between the splitting wedge and a log.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the machine, which had recently been supplied, did not comply with the relevant British standard and it was not safe to use.

Ryetec Industrial Equipment of Malton, North Yorkshire, who supplied the machine in Great Britain, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 6(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,441.

Metal Agricola of Levaldigi, Italy, who manufactured the machine, pleaded guilty to the same breach and was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,099.

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