Mushroom farming business fined £12,000 for safety failings

A worker’s arm was trapped in unguarded machinery, causing crush injuries whilst he was working at Littleport Mushroom Farm LLP in Cambridgeshire. Whilst working to clear compost from growing tunnels on 25th January 2013, the worker’s gloved hand became caught in the mechanism of an emptying machine as he was rolling special sheeting for the growing shelves onto it. When the machine continued rolling the net and sheet, the worker’s arm was pulled in up to his shoulder. Hearing his cries, another employee came to his aid and freed his arm, but he had already suffered crush injuries in several places.

The worker was left with fractures to his upper arm and left forearm as well as bruising, and needed a year off work to recover. An HSE investigation revealed Littleport Mushroom Farm had not noticed the machine’s roller had no guard and had failed to provide one to protect staff. The company was fined £12,000 with costs of £2,700 and pleaded guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. Roxanne Baxter, HSE Inspector, commented, “The worker suffered terrible injuries because, although the machine was CE marked, Littleport Mushroom Farm failed to comply with their duty to make sure that the machinery met the essential guarding requirements.”

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