Boston Magistrates’ Court has fined a Lincolnshire food manufacturer after breaching both Regulation 11 (1) of the Provision of Use of Work Regulations 1998 and Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act. 1974. The court fined the firm a total of £40,000 and ordered them to pay £1,037 in legal costs.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) detailed how a worker tasked with cleaning a mixing machine, severed two fingers when his hand came into contact with the mixing paddles.
The court heard that a supervisor had reported concerns regarding access to the dangerous parts of the machine in 2013 but, no action was taken.
Additionally, the employee had not received any formal training on cleaning equipment and the guarding on the machine fell below legal requirements.