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Amtek Aluminium Castings fined £250,000 after an employee suffered an injury to his hand on a drilling machine

At Chelmsford Crown Court, Amtek Aluminium Castings (AAC) pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and was…

At Chelmsford Crown Court, Amtek Aluminium Castings (AAC) pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and was fined £250,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,632.92.

A worker from AAC suffered injuries to his hand when he was drilling a hole in a casting and his glove got caught on the moving part of the drilling machine. His hand was subsequently dragged into the drill and caused injuries that required a skin graft. The worker had to take two months off work to fully recover.

The HSE’s investigation into the incident concluded that the machine was not guarded well and poorly maintained. The operator also did not have satisfactory training and was not supervised properly when carrying out the work.

You can find out more about this case on the HSE website.