Bread machine operator suffers amputated finger
A north London specialist bread manufacturer has been fined after one of its workers suffered an amputated finger, highlighting the importance of warning signs.
The 39-year-old man was operating a spiral mixing machine to make dough at a factory in Hendon in October 2006 when his left hand was caught in an exposed beater.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the relevant part of the machine had not been fitted with safety guards.
The man's employer, Bread Factory Limited, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
City of London Magistrates Court handed the company a £3,500 fine and ordered it to pay costs of £2,926.
HSE inspector Anne Gloor claimed that the incident could "easily have been avoided".
"The hazards associated with this type of machine are understood within the food manufacturing industry and there is clear guidance on the guarding standards which should be followed," she said.
Last week, a demolition contractor was fined after a court ruled that he engaged in unsafe practices during the demolition of a pub rook in Lincolnshire in January 2008.
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