A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into how an employee lost part of his finger in a fryer machine in November 2012, has highlighted health and safety failings.
Hereford Magistrate’s Court fined the crisp producer £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11 of the Work Equipment Regulation 1998.
The court heard that the worker was cleaning a fryer when his finger was caught in the moving parts which, were unguarded.
The HSE reported that had a guard been fitted, the incident would have been wholly preventable. The worker was unable to work for two months and still has difficulty gripping properly.
After the case was heard, Tariq Khan from the HSE said:
“Employers are required to take effective measures to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery, or stop their movement before any part of a person enters a danger zone.”
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