A worker at a pallet manufacturer lost three fingers on his left hand when assisting the operator of a semi-automatic cross cut saw by loading material and removing off-cuts.
The investigation identified that guarding was required. The worker was also new and had not received any training on the dangers of the saw.
Guarding was fitted to this and another similar saw. The Bolton pallet manufacturer was also convicted of health and safety offences.
For more information go to HSE's Press Release.
For more information on semi-automatic and automatic cross cut saws, see Woodworking Information Sheet No.35