Sheffield businessman fined for breaching regulations

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A Sheffield businessman has been fined for failing to heed warnings from safety experts to properly guard dangerous machinery.

Peter Herring, who trades as A W Parish in Princess Street, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after an inspector carried out a routine visit in September 2013 and found a radial arm drill was unguarded.

A telescopic guard was available for the machine but could not be fitted as it was damaged.

A Prohibition Notice was served on Mr Herring to prevent use of the drill until it was properly guarded.

The court was told that Herring had been served with a similar enforcement notice by HSE in 2003 and a further letter needed to be sent in 2009 when the same radial arm drill was found unguarded.

HSE prosecuted the company, which makes fire escapes, balustrades and other metalwork, for failing to ensure that effective guarding was in place to prevent operators from getting too close to the rotating parts of the machine.

Herring was fined £500 with £585 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.