Coldmac Limited fined £6k after worker loses fingers in asphalt mixer incident

Coldmac Limited has been fined £6,000 after one of its workers lost two fingers while cleaning an asphalt mixer.

The Scunthorpe-based road surfacing specialist had been appointed contractors for a new footway when the worker suffered the life changing injuries to his hand which required surgical intervention.

The worker was using a screwdriver to scrape asphalt residue off the mixer when the screwdriver slipped causing the him to catch on the lip of the mixer.

An investigation into the incident, which took place on April 8, 2015, by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the guarding on the mixing machine was below the safety standard required in order for people to safely operate the machinery.

Coldmac Limited of Midland Road, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire pleaded guilty of breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 at Nuneaton Magistrates Court. The construction company was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £1,995.92 costs.

HSE inspector Luke Messenger said: “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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