A Bristol butcher has been fined £18,000 after a worker was injured while cutting meat in an avoidable workplace accident.
An employee of The Butchers at Clifton Limited was using a band saw to cut through beef bones and suffered deep lacerations to one of his hands because of a lack of appropriate safety measures.
The incident could have been prevented had the firm taken the necessary steps to mitigate against the risks prior to allowing the worker to operate the machine that cut into his hand.
No adequate training
Bristol Magistrates Court heard how the safety devices on the saw that are used to protect against injury were not being used when the incident took place.
The employee had also not received any adequate training before management allowed him to operate the device, the court was told.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the employer had failed in its duty to carry out appropriate risk assessments before the employee was permitted to undertake the task.
The HSE also identified that the company was not appropriately supervising the task and had not given the worker the right training to use the machine safely.
A preventable incident
The Butchers at Clifton Limited of Portwall Place, Portwall Lane, Bristol pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
The judge fined the company £18,000 and ordered it to pay costs of £1,343.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Tania Nickson said: “The company failed to appropriately train the staff member and failed to use the supplied safety features which would have prevented this incident from happening. The worker is fortunate not to have suffered more severe injuries.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown