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London Council fined half a million pounds

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A London borough council has been fined after a road worker suffered serious injury whilst cutting trees...

An employee of London Borough of Havering sustained a serious cut just above his left knee after a Stihl cut-off saw he was using was fitted with an inappropriate blade.

The blade became stuck and on pulling it free the blade ran across the top of the worker’s left knee. He suffered a deep cut above the left knee damaging ligaments and cartilage requiring sixty stiches.

An investigation found that the wrong equipment was being used, no risk assessment was conducted and no safe system of work was in place.

London Borough of Havering, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 4(2) and 4(3) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,240.

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