A brewery based in Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire has been fined by Hereford Magistrates’ Court for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
The court fined the company £20,000 and ordered them to pay £9,632 in costs after an employee caught his right foot in a rotating stirrer.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into how the worker suffered a broken foot revealed health and safety failings.
The court heard that the brewer had entered an empty steel “mash tun”, a vessel which cooks barley, to clean it but, was unaware the stirring mechanism had been left on and his foot became trapped.
The HSE report highlighted that fact that the brewery had no risk assessments in place, no safe system of work and furthermore no emergency rescue procedure.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Tariq Khan said:
“[The brewery] had advice and information about devising safe systems of work for entry into confined spaces, but ignored it and failed to consider the risks to its employees.
“As a result, a man suffered a painful injury. He was very fortunate that colleagues heard his cries for help and managed to rescue him in time.”