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Warwickshire company fined after worker loses fingers

27-03-2012

A Warwickshire components manufacturer has been fined after a man's hand was badly crushed in a power press.

The 23-year-old agency worker lost two fingers following the incident at Studley firm Ricor Ltd. on 21 July 2011.

Leamington Spa Magistrates' Court heard how the man was removing a completed part from the production line when the machine's guards suddenly closed on his right hand, trapping him.

The moving guards activated the power press, which crushed his index and middle fingers so badly that doctors had to amputate them.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the guards, which should have stopped the machine from operating while the man's hands were in the danger zone, had not been maintained properly.

In addition, the company had not examined or tested the power press when it was installed on site 11 months before the incident.

Ricor Ltd., of Birmingham Road, Studley, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 5(1) and 32(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £5,407 costs.

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