An employee almost lost his arm after it got entangled in machinery while he was working at a frozen food factory, a court has been told.
The accident at work happened in August 2014 as the 34-year-old engineer, employed by McCain Foods (GB) Limited, tried to check the condition of the head roller on a bypass conveyor that did not have the correct guards fitted to it.
Tangled in machine
As he did so, his arm got tangled up in the machine, almost severing it, Peterborough Crown Court heard.
Although the employee’s arm had been saved, the arm injury had left him with limited movement in his hand.
Scarborough-based McCain Foods (GB) Limited was fined a total of £800,000 after admitting it breached both the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.
The frozen food manufacturer was also ordered to pay costs of £12,831.51.
The court heard an investigation into the accident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had established that the machine did not have the correct guards fitted while a risk assessment carried out by the firm had failed to recognise the danger that posed.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: May 25, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown