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Company fined after worker loses fingers

Precious metals and chemical company Johnson Matthey Plc has been fined £20,000 following an accident in which an employee severed two fingers whilst operating a 10-tonne power hammer at a company operated site. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) concluded that the hammer was unguarded and wasn’t being used in the correct manner. The company pleaded guilty to two charges under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Commenting, HSE inspector Stephen Farthing said “Had better precautions been taken to make the machine safe and properly supervise activity, then the incident could have been prevented“.

This set of template risk assessment forms can help you follow a systematic method of looking at work activities, assessing what could go wrong and deciding what controls you need to implement in order to prevent loss, damage or injury.

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