Lewes Magistrates’ Court heard that on January 9, 2019, a worker installing skirting boards in a newly built house was using a motorized miter saw to cut material to length.
The saw guard was propped up, meaning the entire face of the saw blade was exposed.
During the work, the miter saw fell forward onto a worker’s right hand, severing part of his hand. This was reattached in the operation, although he could not use it fully again.
An HSE investigation revealed that the miter saw was systematically neglected and on-site supervision was inadequate.
Borrowdale Construction Homes Limited of Wickford, Essex, pleaded guilty to the security breach and was fined £ 21,000 and fined £ 11,567.
Following the hearing, HSE inspector Leah Sullivan said, “This incident could have been easily avoided by simply ensuring that proper control measures were in place and safe work practices were being followed.
“Organizations should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those who fall below the required standards.”