Bakery directors fined over health and safety breaches
Two directors of a bakery in Bedfordshire have been fined for failing to implement suitable health and safety practices.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors issued an immediate prohibition notice after spotting dangerously exposed live wires on a bread conveyor belt on January 13th 2009.
Four improvement notices were also handed out, but directors Genaro Saiano and Dejan Durkin failed to adhere to one of them, which related to carrying out a risk assessment for exposure to flour dust.
The two DG Bakery employees admitted to breaching Regulation 4(2) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
At a Mid-Bedfordshire Magistrates' Court hearing, Mr Saiano was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £500, while Mr Durkin was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay costs of £500.
"It is simply unacceptable to operate machinery with live wires exposed - someone could have been killed or suffered a serious injury," said HSE inspector Emma Rowlands.
The HSE urges any company working with high-voltage electrical equipment to ensure they effectively protect their staff by using measures such as warning signs.
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