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Timber firm fined over workplace injury

Posted in: Faulty Work Equipment Hand Injuries Workplace Injuries 

A timber company has been fined £7,000 after a worker was dragged into machinery by his hand at a Lockerbie sawmill last year. Scott Gordon suffered life-changing injuries as a result of the incident at Steven’s Croft in March 2014, and was told by doctors that he would be permanently scarred. The company responsible, Forest Sawmills Ltd of Kidderminster, admitted to breaching health and safety regulations.

It was heard in Dumfries Sheriff Court that the firm had failed to put any protective measures in place to prevent injury from happening at the sawmill. Sheriff Brian Mohan said he recognised two failings by the firm: the first being that Mr Gordon was permitted access to the machinery despite a lack of proper training, and the second being that there was no protective guard on the machine.

‘a fairly quick recovery’

Sheriff Mohan did state that he took further factors into account, however, including the fact that Mr Gordon had asked another worker to assist him in operating the machinery, and that he had made a fairly quick recovery. The sheriff added that changes had been made to address the issues that allowed the accident to happen in the first place.

The firm was fined £7,000 for its failings, and undisclosed damages were awarded to Mr Gordon for his workplace injuries.

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