A bakery in Newcastle has been fined £2,000 with costs of £1,086 by Newcastle Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Regulation 11(1).
The court heard that a 53 year old employee had to have the tip of his finger amputated after his hand was dragged into a pie making machine and the blocker head came down and damaged his finger.
It was revealed that the machine was not appropriately guarded and did not have a safety frame to prevent access to any moving parts.
After the case was heard, Health and Safety Executive ( HSE) Inspector Fiona McGarry stated:
“The guarding standards on these machines are well established, the use of a safety frame or false table to prevent access to the blocking and trimming heads is essential. Not only did the injured person sustain a partial amputation of the fingertip but it could have been a much more serious injury, including amputation of multiple fingers.”