In June 2008, Medway Council were fined £75k plus £6,761 costs following breaches of s2(1) HSW Act, Regulation 3(1)(a) Management of Health & Safety At Work Regulations 1999 and Regulation 11(1) Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
Their employee, a green keeper, had been mending a tractor drawn lawnmower in 2006. He raised the tractor cylinder as part of the process. The cylinder had a cut out switch to ensure the blades did not turn while raised, but this failed resulting in partial amputation of two right hand fingers.
Although the Council had been advised by consultants of dangers in the machinery, which was missing a protective shield, a safety guard, and which had no routine maintenance schedule, this had not been acted upon. Neither was there evidence of training for safe use of maintenance of the machinery by green keeping staff.