|HSE prosecutes food company after worker loses finger in machinery|
|News - Accident News|
|Thursday, 03 June 2010 15:36|
When he reached into the discharge hatch of a spice mixing machine, his hand came into contact with the rotating paddles within the machine.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found this area should have been impossible to access when the machine was running – and an HSE inspector had already warned Arcadia about insufficient guarding on equipment during an earlier inspection.
On Thursday (03/06/10) at Bradford Magistrates’ Court, Arcadia Food Industries Limited of Pawson Street in Bradford pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £3,080 costs for failing to act on the earlier warning and failing to adhere to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Neil Hunter said:
‘The very fact Arcadia Food Industries had already been warned to improve safety makes this such a frustrating prosecution.
‘Fitting suitable guards is not costly, time consuming or difficult – and had they been in place, this incident would not have occurred and a painful and debilitating injury could have been avoided.
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