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Construction worker loses fingers to asphalt mixer

30 Mar 17 Coldmac Ltd has been fined after one of its workers suffered life changing injuries to his hand while cleaning an asphalt mixer.

His hand was so badly injured that his middle and index fingers had to be surgically removed

Nuneaton magistrates heard how Coldmac had been appointed specialist contractor for a new footway. On 8th April 2015 the worker was using a screwdriver to scrape asphalt residue off the mixer they had been using when the screwdriver slipped causing the worker to catch his hand on the lip of the mixer.

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that the guarding on the mixing machine was below the standard required.

Coldmac Ltd of Midland Road, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. It was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,995.92.

HSE inspector Luke Messenger said after the hearing: “This case highlights the importance of safety checking equipment and machinery, ensuring that they have the appropriate guarding in place to avoid serious injuries like this.”

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