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£6,500 fine for lack of eye protection

18 Nov 15 A building company firm has been fined £6,500 for safety failings after an employee suffered permanent injury to his eye in a nail gun incident.

Luton Magistrates’ Court heard how on 15th November 2013 an employee of Steele & Bray Limited, of Northampton was injured when he was hit in the eye by a shard of metal when a colleague was operating a nail gun to fasten a piece of timber to a steel lintel.

The court heard that the eye-protection being worn by the nail gun operator was not fit for purpose, being lightweight ‘spectacle’ types rather than impact absorbing ‘goggles’.

Steele & Bray Limited, of Moore Street, Kingsley, Northampton, was fined a total of £6,500 and ordered to pay £898.20 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 4(1) of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992.

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