7 Dec 2012

Beekeeping company fined after worker severs finger

10:34 pm on 7 December 2012

A beekeeping business in Cambridge has been fined $32,000 after an employee severed his finger on a saw.

Cambridge Bee Products Ltd appeared in the Te Awamutu District Court on Thursday where it was also ordered to pay reparation of $10,000.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says the worker was cutting plywood on an unguarded tablesaw in July this year when his hand was forced into the blade, removing the tip of his right index finger to the first joint.

It says part of his thumb was also severed and he had serious cuts to his other fingers.

The ministry says the machine was not guarded effectively and the employee has been left with a permanent disability.