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Salad growing company fined after injury during felling

Growing Green Limited, a salad growing company, has been fined after an employee was seriously injured by a chainsaw. An employee suffered deep cuts…

Growing Green Limited, a salad growing company, has been fined after an employee was seriously injured by a chainsaw. An employee suffered deep cuts to his arm while working at the company’s Brentwood Nursery in April 2016.

Two employees were working together, with one person holding and supporting the branches whilst the other cut through them using the chainsaw. During the task, one man’s arm landed on top of the moving chainsaw, causing deep cuts damaging the arm’s nerves.

The company pleaded guilty at Basildon Magistrates’ Court to a single breach under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Growing Green was fined £120,000, including a £170 victim surcharge, and ordered to pay costs of £1,864.35.

A HSE investigation found that neither man had been trained to operate the chainsaw, nor were the pair wearing any personal protective equipment, such as chainsaw clothes and chainsaw gloves, eye protection, safety boots and helmet. No planning and supervision was evident.

The case highlights the importance of even occasional jobs being properly planned.

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