A Somerset tyre services company has been fined after a labourer was injured when his trousers became entangled in an unguarded lathe.
David Humphries, 70, from Gillingham, sustained bruising and minor injuries to his right leg, arm and rear in the incident at Tyre Renewals Ltd in Castle Cary on 18 August 2012. He sadly died shortly after as a result of a heart attack.
Tyre Renewals was today (1 August) prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation identified safety failings.
Yeovil Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Humphries was drilling a hole in a stock bar when his trouser leg became entangled in the rotating feed rod of the lathe.
HSE found that the lathe did not have a guard fitted as standard by the manufacturer to protect users while the machine was in use.