A lack of correct guarding on dough cutting machinery led two workers to suffer finger injuries, an investigation found.
Two separate incidents
One employee of Penrith-based bakery Bells of Lazonby Limited lost the top part of his right hand middle finger in the accident at work. The second suffered a cut to his left index finger.
The baker has now been fined after the workers suffered their injuries while operating machinery on site.
The first incident happened in January 2016 when a worker lost the top of his middle finger, after catching it on a moving blade of a dough-dividing machine, Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard.
The second accident at work occurred in March 2016 when the employee’s finger made contact with the cutting jaws of a wrapping machine.
Lack of guards on machines
The company had not equipped its machinery with the right guard to prevent incidents like these occurring, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found.
Bells of Lazonby Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11, of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and has been fined £40,000 for the first offence and £30,000 for the second offence, and ordered to pay costs of £7,990.
HSE Inspector Leona Cameron said: “This case demonstrates the importance of checking and assessing all dangerous equipment and machinery to prevent injuries to employees operating such machinery.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: April 29, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown