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Carpenter in court after trainee's fingers were severed

The owner of a Bedfordshire joinery and carpentry business that manufactures - amongst other products - kitchen and bathroom furniture, pleaded guilty to failing to report an accident that had occurred at his workshop, where a person had two fingers amputated.

Alex Defeo, a woodworking trainee, was employed at Fabs Designs' workshop in Bedford, Bedfordshire, when the incident occurred in December 2012.

On Wednesday, Luton Magistrates' Court was told that the business proprietor Mr Pasqualone did not report the incident, as is required by law. HSE only became aware of it at a later stage through Mr Defeo's family.

This was a requirement for all employers under Regulation 3(1) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995.

Fabio Pasqualone, trading as Fabs Designs, of 110 Risborough Road Bedford, was fined £200 and ordered to pay £500 in costs.

More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at:


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