Leeds bosses fined £2,000 after worker had fingers severed

Two directors in Leeds have been prosecuted after a worker had his fingers crushed in a hydraulic press.

The 57-year-old man had the ends of two fingers severed in April 2009 at Lupton Fabrications Ltd, a metal fabricating company formerly owned by Dennis Brunt and Peter Chrichard.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that detectors used to protect workers from the closing tools of the press, were not operational at the time and had been routinely over-ridden for a number of years.

Leeds Magistrates heard the dectectors only became operational again following the serving of prohibition notices as part of HSE's investigation.

Brunt and Chrichard were found guilty of breaching safety legislation, as former directors of Lupton Fabrications Ltd, which operated from Unit A, Aquatite House, Water Lane, Leeds.

Stealsafe Ltd, Brunt and Chrichard's new company, was also found guilty of breaching the same regulation. The directors and Stealsafe were jointly fined 2,001 and ordered to pay 250 costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Angus Robbins said: "This terrible incident could – and should – have been prevented."

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