A manufacturing firm in Cannock has been fined GBP 40,000 after an employee’s arm was badly damaged by a rotating drill in a serious work injury.
Romtech Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in relation to the incident at its Cannock premises, in which agency worker Steven Jones was using a radial arm drill.
His glove became entangled in the rotating drill bit, dragging his right arm into the device and breaking both bones in his forearm, also causing serious damage to his muscles.
"It is not acceptable that this type of incident is still happening," commented HSE inspector Andrew Bowker.
"Companies must invest sufficient time and effort in risk assessment to ensure their radial arm drills have suitable guards or trip devices in position."
It follows news that a building firm in Eaglescliffe has been fined GBP 5,000 after a worker became trapped in a trench for more than two hours.