Two companies based in Norfolk have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a cleaners hand was crushed after becoming trapped between two conveyor belts.
Thirty four year old Richard Beane, from Watton, in Norfolk, was employed by SGA House Services Limited and was cleaning the conveyor belt of a carrot processing machine at Watton Produce Company Ltd’s vegetable plant in Attleborough.
Norwich Magistrates’ Court was told that Mr. Beane’s left hand became trapped in-between the conveyor belt he was cleaning and another belt, causing serious crush injuries which required extensive surgery including skin grafts.
Mr. Beane’s injuries were so severe that he was unable to return to work for a period of nine months after the work accident and now has only forty five percent usage of his injured left hand.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that Watton Produce Ltd had failed to prevent workers coming into contact with dangerous moving machine parts and that SGA House Services had not provided adequate information, instruction or supervision to their employees.
Watton Produce Company Limited of Shropham, in Attleborough, pleaded guilty to a breach of the provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations and was fined £6,000.
SGA House Services Limited of Sovereign Way, in Downham Market admitted a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £2,000.