Adhesives and sealants supplier Building Adhesives in Staffordshire has been fined £10,000 after an employee had to have part of his finger amputated after being injured at work.
The man got his right hand caught in a rubber conveying machine when he was loading bags of rubber into a hopper on last July and had his middle finger amputated just past the first knuckle.
Newcastle Magistrates’ Court were told that the man had been using a modified machine on which the fixed guard had been replaced with badly fitted interlocked guard.
Building Adhesives pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £4,000 costs.