Heat recovery unit manufacturer fined


HSEA company that manufactures heat recovery units has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered an injury to his left hand.

Dudley Magistrates’ Court heard how on March 10, 2015, a 36-year-old employee of AirDesign (UK), in Dudley, was operating an unguarded notching machine when his finger became entangled in the machinery causing injury to a finger on his left hand which later required amputation to the second joint.

Last Tuesday, AirDesign (UK), of Netherton, was fined a total of £2,000, and ordered to pay £632.68 in costs with a victim surcharge of £120 after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Speaking after the hearing, Health and Safety Executive inspector Karl Raw, said: “The need to guard dangerous machinery is well known with established industry guidance available in relation to standards and methods.”

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