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£120,000 fine after worker suffers deep lacerations to arm from chainsaw (15 May 2017)

Date: 15/05/2017
Duncan Lewis, Personal Injury Solicitors, £120,000 fine after worker suffers deep lacerations to arm from chainsaw

A salad growing company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee was seriously injured by a chainsaw while felling trees.

On 6 April 2016, an employee of Growing Green Limited suffered deep cuts to his arm while working with another colleague at the Brentwood Nursery.

The two employees were working together, with one holding and supporting the branches and the other cutting through them using the chainsaw. During this operation, one worker’s arm landed on top of the moving chainsaw – the worker sustained deep lacerations, damaging the nerves in his arm.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found that neither man had been trained to operate the chainsaw – nor were the pair wearing any personal protective equipment such as chainsaw trousers and jacket, chainsaw gloves, safety helmet, safety boots or eye protection.

The investigation into the incident also found there was no supervision and no proper planning was put in place for the work.

At Basildon Magistrates’ Court on Monday 8 May, Growing Green Ltd pleaded guilty to a single breach under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The company was fined £120,000 – including a £170 victim surcharge – and ordered to pay costs of £1,864.35.

After sentencing, HSE Inspector Tania van Rixtel said:

“This incident could have easily been avoided if the company had adopted a safe method of working that did not put an employee in the direct line of the moving chainsaw – it was only luck that the gentleman did not lose his arm.

“Companies are reminded that even occasional and ‘one-off’ jobs need to be properly planned to ensure the correct control measures are in place.”

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