This case confirms the need of employers to take into account the experience of their employees irrespective of the task being done.
In the case highlighted the young lad has been left with severe injury that will likely require life long provision of prosthetics and affect what work he chooses to do.
A landscaping company has admitted to failing to properly train and supervise work on a dangerous machine after a teenage boy on work experience had a finger amputated while working unsupervised on a log splitter. Ed Rogers Landscape Construction and Maintenance Ltd of Jericho Street, Thorverton, pleaded guilty at Exeter Magistrates Court to the offence under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, has been fined £6,000, and ordered to pay costs of £1,017. The company had employed the 16 year old for just three weeks when the incident happened.