Worker loses fingers fixing a gate

Company fined £8,000 after worker loses fingers fixing a gate

A company has been fined £8,000 with cost of £2,080 following a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the loss of an employee’s two middles fingers.

After LKAB Minerals (Richmond) Ltd’s main entrance gate broke, they assigned the worker to fix it, during which both his fingers were severed. The HSE found the company failed to:

  • identify the risks of the worker doing this task
  • devise safety measures to ensure a safe way of working
  • provide information, instruction and training regarding the task
  • ensure the workers has the correct supervision and monitoring

LKAB Minerals pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at the Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.

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