Firm fined £40,000 after man lost finger at Morecambe bowling alley

Safety: Coun Karen Leytham
Safety: Coun Karen Leytham
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A leisure company was fined a total of £40,000 for health and safety breaches after an employee had his thumb ripped off.

Taylors Superbowl Ltd, which operates Morecambe Superbowl on Central Drive in the resort, was handed the fine by a judge sitting at Preston Crown Court.

The company was also ordered to pay a total of £15,760 in costs and a victim surcharge of £120 after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to two offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The first offence related to an incident in which Andrew Elliott, a technician at the Superbowl, had his thumb ripped off by a live pin setting machine on February 27 2013.

Although surgeons managed to re-attach the thumb, Mr Elliott has been left with limited use of his thumb and hand.

During an investigation by Lancaster City Council it was discovered that the pin-machinery was unsafe due to inadequate guarding and protection.

The second offence related to the breach of a prohibition notice to prevent unsafe work practices which had been issued following the accident.

Coun Karen Leytham, cabinet member with responsibility for environmental health said: “This is the sort of case which demonstrates just what happens if employers are complacent and fail to take seriously the safety of their workforce.