An engineer suffered serious crush injuries to his left arm, after becoming trapped in a bacon press.
Forty six year old Rui Sousa was working for Bury St Edmunds firm Orbital Foods Ltd and was re-furbishing the press for the company, who buy and sell machinery for the food processing industry.
Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court, was told that the experienced engineer had over-ridden a safety device on the press and had left the air and power supply attached, when it suddenly closed, trapping his left arm in the mechanism.
Mr. Sousa suffered serious crush injuries in the accident, including deep cuts and a fracture, his injuries were so severe that he was unable to return to work for a period of four months.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and discovered that the company had failed to carry out an adequate risk assessment of the work involved and also failed to provide a safe system of working.
Orbital Foods Ltd, of Chapel Pond Hill, in Bury St Edmunds, was fined a total of £8,000 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, following a successful prosecution by the HSE.