A food processing business in Kent has been fined for breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, leading to an injury suffered by one of its workers. Veetee Foods is based in Medway, Kent and the worker was injured in March 2012 when three of his fingers were caught in food processing machinery. The subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive highlighted a safety mechanism on the machinery that had been disabled. If it had been enabled as it should have been, the accident would not have happened. Fortunately the worker was not permanently injured but it could have been much worse. This was the second incident of a similar nature to occur at the site and one other worker there was killed in 2006. Fines were paid in those cases as well.
Have you suffered an injury using food processing machinery at work?
The Health and Safety laws and associated rules are in place to protect those in a working environment. It can be seen from the case shown here that there is the potential for accidents to occur if the correct rules and regulations are not followed. If you have incurred an injury at work you may be unsure whether you are in a position to make a claim for compensation. If there is evidence that negligence has occurred – or if you are unsure whether you have such evidence – it is best to speak with an expert in this area.
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Contact us now on our free 24-hour helpline that is open seven days a week. We are here to provide advice and information regarding your situation. Our professional injury compensation lawyers may be able to support you through a no win, no fee* claim process if there is evidence of negligence on behalf of your employer. While most employers take good care of their employees, you may be entitled to claim if they breach Health and Safety rules that lead to an accident.
Source: Kent Online
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown