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A man cut his thumb after catching it on a bladeless saw blade at work after his employer ignored the fact it was broken. Maceij Rudnicki’s right thumb was severed while installing a floor-mounted bandsaw and the investigation revealed that his employer, Watford Timber Company Limited, had not taken the machine out of service.

The incident took place in February 2019 and an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Watford Timber Company Limited, of Olds Approach, Tolpits Lane, Watford, failed to act when the protector of the saw blade stopped working like they had. inadequate arrangements in place to check and monitor their potentially dangerous machinery.

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High Wycombe Magistrates Court heard how Mr Rudnicki had lost his thumb and how the saw guard was not in working order. The logging company pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations and was fined £13,400 and ordered by the court to pay costs of £5,358.05.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Nigel Fitzhugh said: ‘The incident could have easily been avoided had the company taken the machine out of service and repaired the guard as soon as it became unusable. . Employers must ensure that machine guarding is maintained in good working order.

Matt is a trainee journalist specializing in LGBT+ issues, including speaking to LGBTQ+ activist Peter Tatchell ahead of the 50th anniversary of UK Gay Pride, an interview with a former Lieutenant Commander who was forced to keep his secret sexuality in the armed forces. for 20 years who lost his partner to AIDS two days before leaving the Navy, and speaking to the founder of The Gay Men’s Dance Company, which offers pole dancing lessons, among other things.

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