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Snack Firm Fined after Waste Breaks Worker’s Leg

A large snack manufacturing firm has been fined after a worker suffered a broken leg when waste fell onto him.

The unnamed man was employed at the Lincoln premises of Walkers Snack Foods Ltd at the time of the accident in December 2010. He was employed as a fork lift truck driver, and was working close to the Quavers production line.

Waste from the production line ran off into a large plastic box nearby. The waste solidified in the plastic box, and the man and a colleague decided to use the fork lift to turn the box over.

The men then attempted to use the fork lift to put the waste block into a bin. However, it became stuck at the top, and when the men tried to move the bin, the waste block ended up falling onto the injured employee.

The waste block weighed approximately 400kg, and the weight of it broke the man’s leg. As a result, he had to take 15 weeks off work recovering.

Earlier this month, the company admitted breaking health and safety, and lifting equipment regulations in regards to the incident. The HSE found that the company had not planned, supervised or carried out the work safely. The firm was fined £20,000.

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