A man has suffered deep cuts in his hand after a cutting machine started unexpectedly, a court has heard.
Food manufacturer Moy Park Ltd – one of the UK’s top 10 food companies – has now been fined after the accident at work at their site in Anwick near Sleaford, Lincolnshire.
An engineer was inspecting the blades on the cutting line when the machine restarted, Lincoln Crown Court heard.
The man was unable to remove his hand away from the blade he was inspecting in time. The blade caught his hand and caused deep lacerations.
Lack of safe working systems in place
Following the accident at work, an inspection was carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
This inspection revealed that Moy Park had failed to implement a safe system of work for isolating procedures when maintaining the machinery in the production line.
Moy Park Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,924.
HSE Principal Inspector David Butter said: “Duty holders must put measures in place to ensure there are safe procedures in place which are then followed when checking faults on machinery.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: May 2, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown