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Bakery firm hit with fine over employee's wrist injury

15th April 2010 | Warning Signs

A bakery company in the north of England has been fined £6,000 after one of its workers suffered a broken wrist.

The Country Style Foods employee was attempting to remove a build-up of dough in a bagel finishing machine when his arm became trapped between a roller and a moving belt.

Leeds Magistrates' Court heard that the machine was new and did not have sufficient safety signs or guarding, while no formal instructions for using it had been issued.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined and ordered to pay £4,570 in costs.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Angus Robbins said: "The hazards associated with moving rollers and belts are well understood within food manufacturing.

"The onus is on employers like Country Style Foods to manage and control risks at all times and set an example for others to follow."

Last month, the HSE confirmed that solenoid manufacturer HE & BS Benson had been fined £8,000 after one of its workers was forced to have his right index finger amputated following accident involving a machine.

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