A food worker has had his hand crushed in a meat separating machine, Coventry Magistrates’ Court heard.
Beckett’s Foods Limited has now been fined following the accident at the company’s Moat House base in Coventry.
Man fell into machine
On May 11, 2016 a 22-year-old worker was loading meat into the machine. The man fell and his hand entered the machine.
He suffered serious hand injuries and has since required surgery and skin grafts.
The company had failed to implement a safe working system to separate the meat using this machinery, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found.
It was also revealed that the company hadn’t equipped the machinery with the correct level of guarding to protect the workers from harm.
Risk assessment failure
Beckett’s Foods Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 (1) and 33 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and has been fined £366,666 and ordered to pay costs of £10,978.09.
HSE Inspector Christopher Maher said: “This case highlights the dangers of failing to assess risk.
“All duty holders must ensure that all dangerous machinery has the appropriate level of guarding in place to avoid serious injury like in this case.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive