A food production company based in North Yorkshire has been prosecuted, after an employee’s fingers were crushed in an unguarded machine.
Twenty five year old Peter Bradbury was working for Malton Foods Ltd, at their site in Amotherby, Malton, when his fingers became trapped between a conveyor belt and a drum roller, as he removed a box from a food production line.
Mr. Bradbury injured the ring and middle finger of his right hand and the tip of his left index finger was seriously crushed, resulting in long-term nerve damage and limited manoeuvrability.
Following an investigation, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the company, after it was discovered that the end of the conveyor belt was not adequately guarded and did not protect employees from dangerous moving machine parts.
Malton Foods Ltd was fined £12,000 and had to pay a total of £1,381 in court costs, after pleading guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.
After the court hearing, a HSE inspector stated that if companies invest in new equipment they should not automatically assume, that adequate guarding is already in place but should carry out a full risk assessment before starting production.