A food production worker has suffered life-changing injuries after an accident at work.
Noodle manufacturer SCLA Limited has now been fined after the worker received severe hand injuries while operating machinery.
Man lost two fingers
In December 2015, the worker was attempting to clear a blockage on one of the noodle production lines. During this work, his index and middle fingers on his right hand were severed by the machine, Westminster Magistrates Court heard.
A number of failings were found following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
It found that the risk assessment in place was not suitable, while the company had also not made sure the machine’s guards provided enough protection.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay full costs.
HSE Inspector Nick Wright said: “The consequences of not guarding dangerous machinery are often catastrophic and life changing.
“This case demonstrates a straightforward, systematic approach to assessing machinery and ensuring that it is adequately guarded can play a significant part in reducing the risk of injury.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown