An animal nutrition company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee lost two fingers when his hand was crushed in an accident at work.
The worker, who has asked not to be named, crushed his right hand and severed two of his fingers, after becoming trapped in a machine used in the mixing of animal feed.
An investigation by the HSE revealed that the man had been attempting to clean an air slide on the machine, which had become stuck due to the build up of sticky deposits, unfortunately as he reached up to clean the mechanism his hand came into contact with hazardous moving parts and his hand was crushed.
His employer, A One Feed Supplements Ltd, of North Hill, Dishforth Airfield, in Thirsk, was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £2,594.30, after admitting a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court.
Speaking after the court hearing a HSE inspector stated that the company had failed to ensure that employees did not get too close to dangerous moving machinery, despite being prosecuted for a similar offence in 2007.
Last year alone over 3,800 manufacturing workers suffered a serious injury, after being involved in a work related accident.