A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into an incident at a Norfolk pig farm, has revealed significant health and safety failings. The incident occurred in December 2014.
Kings Lyn Magistrates’ Court heard that an employee working inside a pig unit was manually filling a feeding trough after the automated system had failed.
While doing so, he used his hand to remove the animal feed off the top of the unit. At the same time the system restarted and pulled his hand into the machinery severing his finger.
The HSE reported that had the company checked the machinery was sufficiently guarded and covers were in place, the incident would have been prevented.
The company was fined a total of £12,500, and ordered to pay £813 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.