Jedburgh tool business fined £100,000 after employee injured by drill

A Jedburgh tool manufacturer has been fined £100,000 at the town’s sheriff court after one of its employees was seriously injured while operating a drill.

Jedburgh's Starrett tool factory, in Oxnam Road.
Jedburgh's Starrett tool factory, in Oxnam Road.

L.S.Starrett pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at its Oxnam Road factory on October 2, 2018.

Worker Brian Colvine was exposed to injury by wearing gloves and operating a drill.

He caught his glove in the drill casing, causing his hand to be drawn into it, to his severe injury, permanent disfigurement and permanent impairment.

The company admitted a charge of failing to ensure the health and safety of its employees by failing to identify and assess the risk of wearing gloves while operating a radial arm drill.