A company was fined £20,000 after one of its workers lost a finger tip in an accident at work.
The employee of Noon Products Ltd, based in Egham, Surrey, was cleaning one of their dough divider machines when the accident happened in 2007.
A court heard how the man had removed a guard on the machine and was cleaning it with a screwdriver and an air gun. When he put his hand further into the machine, a sharp part caught his hand and sliced off the tip of his right index finger.
The company admitted breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which states: “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.”
It also emerged that the machine was long overdue a repair, and that its poor condition meant important safety devices had been broken or removed. A separate incident had previously occurred in 2007.
The employee will now be able to make his own work injury compensation claim for the lifelong effects his injury will have.
Noon Products Ltd were also ordered to pay £5491 in legal costs.