A Helmsley based food company has been fined by Northallerton Magistrates’ Court after breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, regulations 11 and 14. The court fined the firm £6,500 with £691.45 costs.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into an incident in February 2015, revealed that a worker suffered broken fingers after his hand was pulled into a pastry making machine.
The HSE told the court that the machinery had been modified to improve efficiency. This modification included the removal of safety guards.
After the case was heard, HSE inspector Julian Franklin commented: “Modifying machines should always involve a reassessment of the safety of that machine. Guard checking routines should be periodically audited to ensure they remain effective.”