Peterborough Crown Court has fined a large food manufacturing company £800,000 with costs of £12,831.51 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) highlighted health and safety failings. The court was told that a 34-year-old worker was using a bypass conveyor. He checked the head roller and in doing so, his arm became caught in the machinery. The employee’s arm was saved but, movement is now limited.
The HSE reported that the machine did not have the correct guards in place and a risk assessment had not highlighted any danger.
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