A Hounslow woman sliced off the tip of her finger, while trying to unblock a vegetable slicing machine.
The forty six year old, who asked not to be named, was working for TCK Fresh Produce Ltd, at their processing plant in Hayes, when the vegetable slicing machine she was using became blocked.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told that in order to clear the blockage, the worker stopped the machine and reached in through a side panel, unfortunately the machines cutting blade was still rotating and the tip of her right index finger was sliced off.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) immediately served a prohibition notice on the company, which prevented the vegetable slicer being used until adequate safety guards were installed.
However, magistrates heard that this was the sixth such notice served on the vegetable wholesaler since 2003, despite the company receiving both written and verbal guidance on how to safeguard employees from dangerous moving machine parts.
TCK Fresh Produce Ltd of Amersham was fined £6,000 after admitting two breaches of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.
A HSE inspector stated that by choosing to ignore previous advice the company had put workers at unnecessary risk and an accident of this nature was almost inevitable.