A baker had two fingertips chopped off by a machine in a work accident as he tried to make cheese and onion pasties, a court has heard this week.
The unnamed 35-year-old Blackburn man was feeding a cheese and onion mix into the top of the pasty maker at a Tayyabah Bakery Ltd branch in Burnley on September 7, 2012 when the accident happened.
His right hand was hit by the pistons. This left him off work for nearly a year as the pain in his fingers meant he was unable to go back to manual work there.
Reedley Magistrates’ Court in Burnley fined Tayyabah £1,000 on Thursday (February 20).
The case followed a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation which found part of a metal guard had been deliberately taken away. This enabled staff to add fillings to the machine while it was in use.
Cut away guard made machine a danger
Safety investigators discovered the machine had been installed with a guard when it was purchased by the firm about five years before the work accident.
But part of the guard had been cut away, leaving a 12cm (4.7in) by 30cm (11.8in) gap.
This meant that fillings could be added without the machine’s lid being lifted and the power being cut.
Blackburn-based Tayyabah Bakery Ltd was also told to pay £5,002 costs after
pleading guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 by failing to prevent access to dangerous machine parts.
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Source: Food Manufacture
Date Published: February 22, 2014
Author: David Brown