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Firm fined after man loses fingers
A YORK firm has been fined more than £6,000 for a health and safety breach after a man lost parts of three fingers in machinery it had built.
Shaun Newcomb, 30, did not work for nine months after parts of his right middle, ring and little fingers were severed in on a conveyor belt made by Armistead Engineering Ltd, of Albion Avenue in Acomb, in March last year.
The firm pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety laws at a hearing at Grantham Magistrates’ Court and was fined £6,667 and ordered to pay £5,715 in costs.
Mr Newcomb said: “My daughter wouldn’t come near me after it happened and won’t hold my hand now. My son is a bit older so understood more but was worried about hurting me and whether we could still play rough and tumble together.”
He left his job to avoid seeing the scene of the accident, and lost some of the use of his hand.
He said: “I used to fish regularly and play pool and darts. I still can’t play darts as I can’t hold them properly but I’ve managed to adapt to play pool.
“I’ve had to relearn how to do things like tie shoelaces and use a knife and I’m limited in what types of job I can do.
The company’s director, Peter Armistead, said: “Armistead Engineering Ltd takes Health and Safety very seriously and since the accident has employed an external company to deal with health and safety risk management. The accident involving Mr Newcomb at Sewstern Timber Services near Grantham was regrettable and unfortunate and our sympathy goes out to Mr Newcomb and his family.
“We did manufacture a bespoke conveyor for the above company and, as was accepted by our guilty plea on September 30, it did not conform to safety regulations in so far as guarding was concerned.”
Mr Newcomb’s employers, Sewstern Timber Services Ltd, are also facing prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive.