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Failure to Risk Assess and Prepare Safe System of Work results in Serious Injury

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BY Douglas Cameron
Health & Safety

Jost (UK) Limited has been fined £134,000 with costs of £4,572 following an accident that caused serious injuries to an employee.  The employee’s arm was dragged into machinery when they used an emery cloth on a lathe, by hand.

The Health and Safety Executive found that the company had:

  • Not provided instruction to the employee.

  • Failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment.

  • No Safe System of Work in place.

A HSE Inspector stated “this injury could have been easily prevented, by identifying and implementing safe working practices, when using this machine”.

There has been, for some time, clear safety guidance relating to this matter. We know a number of our clients have metal lathes and we thought a reminder of the safety guidance would be useful.  The guidance can be used can be found using the link below:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/eis2.pdf

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