Timber firm fined after worker’s fingers severed

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A timber company has been fined after a worker severed three fingers in an unguarded roller conveyor.

Shaun Newcomb (30) needed extensive treatment and couldn’t work for nine months as a result of the incident at Sewstern Timber Services Ltd in Gunby Road, Sewstern, on March 9, 2012.

He was attempting to clear some blocked wood from the conveyor but as he did so his right hand came into contact with the sprockets and chains that drove the rollers and he severed parts of his middle, ring and little finger. Mr Newcomb, of Bourne, is now employed at a different company.

Lincoln Crown Court heard that a Health and Safety investigation found the conveyor had been supplied to Sewstern Timber Services by Armistead Engineering a few months before the incident but that it was inadequately guarded.

Sewstern Timber Services Ltd, based in Suffolk, pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act for failing to protect its employees.

The firm was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay £10,000 costs.