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A Staffordshire furniture company has been hit by a large fine after one of its employees had his finger cut off by an unguarded machine in a work accident.
The 61-year-old from Stone was attempting to clean the edge of a banding machine when the incident happened.
Stafford Magistrates' Court heard that his little finger was caught in a rotating blade and cut clean off.
A later investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that a guard that was supposed to be attached to the machine to stop employees putting their digits inside moving components was removed.
Because of this error, Incube - the man's employers - was fined £8,000 and told to pay £1,025 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of guidelines.
After the hearing was finished, HSE inspector Wayne Owen commented: "The woodworking industry has one of the highest incident rates in manufacturing, most of which are caused by contact with moving machinery."
By Francesca Witney
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