Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have reported how The Twinlakes Family Theme Park operator at Melton Mowbray witnessed an incident where one of its employees was badly injured whilst using a circular saw.

The injured worker was part of the maintenance team for the park. He was using a Circular saw whilst cutting a piece of wood, when pressing the stop button he reached over and caught his hand in the rotating saw blade, losing his thumb and all four fingers on his right hand.

After an investigation by the HSE, it found the company had neglected to fit the saw with a brake to stop the blade safely after being switched off.

The investigation also found the company had not provided the employee with appropriate training in the use of this machine.

B B & B Leisure Parks Limited of Devon was found guilty in Northampton Magistrates’ Court and was fined £57,600 and ordered to pay costs of £1,874.80

HSE inspector Neil Ward said after the hearing: “The company had identified that the saw needed a brake, but had not yet fitted one. It also should not have allowed an untrained worker to use a woodwork machine such as this saw.

“Employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures which may include both hardware measures and training to effectively control risks.”

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