A butcher could face a huge fine or even jail after poor health and safety meant his 16-year-old employee lost his hand in a horrific accident involving a meat mincing machine.
Further inspection of the machine by the Mendip District Council’s Environmental Health team revealed that it was being used without an important guard and restrictor plate fitted, meaning that it exposed any user to harm.
Thomas Stevens had only been working at P and K Meats for six weeks when the accident happened at the shop, owned by Paul Jeffrey and Kayleigh Hunt, at 2.15pm on July 25 last year.
Right hand amputated
When Mr Stevens was using the mincing machine, his hand slipped and became stuck.
The fire and ambulance services were called and his right hand had to be amputated.
His employer, Jeffrey, 30, has since pleaded guilty to failing in his general duty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Mrs Dolan, acting on behalf of Mendip District Council, told Somerset magistrates that the court’s sentencing powers of a £20,000 fine or a prison sentence would be adequate.
Source: Central Somerset Gazette