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The unnamed maintenance technician had his right hand severed in an incident while he worked at premises owned by glass manufacturer Solaglass in Bishop Auckland in September 2007.
At the time of this accident, the 34-year-old was looking at a fault in a new tilt table in machinery manufactured and installed by Lisec four months previously along with a colleague.
He activated the emergency stop on the equipment before examining it, but a glass laminated sheet weighing nearly a tonne fell on his wrist and severed his hand.
Lisec was subsequently charged by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and admitted breaching Section 6(3) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Martin Baillie, inspector at the HSE, observed: "This horrific incident should never have happened. Once he had put the table into an emergency stop condition, it should not have been possible to release the glass."
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