An animal feed company based in Lancashire, has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee lost a finger in an accident at work.
The twenty five year old, who has not been named, was working for Merit (Feeds and Storage) Ltd, at their plant in Oakenclough Mill near Garstang, when his hand became trapped in a machine producing animal feed pellets.
Preston Magistrates’ Court heard that the employee had opened a door on the machine, in an attempt to clear a blockage but as he did so his right hand became trapped in-between two rotating rollers.
The worker suffered severe crush injuries to his right hand, which resulted in the loss of his right middle finger.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that the machine had been fitted with a lock to prevent employees opening the door while it was operating; however this simple locking procedure had not been in use on the day of the accident.
Merit (Feeds and Storage) Ltd, of Oakenclough Mill, near Garstang, in Preston, was fined £2,000 after admitting a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at Preston Magistrates’ Court.