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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Health and Safety News

    Fingertips lost in pasty work accident

    By David Brown on February 22, 2014

    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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    So check out AAH website, which offers an informative blog.

    Source: Food Manufacture 

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    Date Published: February 22, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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