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Confectionary worker suffers severe head injuries

13th May 2010 | Warning Signs

A confectionery firm from Telford has been hit with a six-figure penalty after one of its workers suffered serious head injuries.

The incident occurred when the employee was attempting to clean up a refrigerant leak inside the doors of a machine at a site on Stafford Park Nine in February 22nd 2007.

A powered part of the machine moved to one side while the man's head was inside, closing the gap to about 5cm but fortunately throwing him out at the same time.

The worker was left in a coma for two weeks and has suffered substantial losses to his senses of sight, hearing, taste and smell as a result of the one-tonne blow to his head.

His employer, Magna Specialist Confectioners, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

At a Shrewsbury Crown Court hearing, the company was fined £75,000 and ordered to pay £37,500 in costs, following a previous fine of £25,000 for a breach of the same rule.

Last month, another major confectionery firm, Tangerine Confectionery, was fined £300,000 and ordered pay costs of £72,901.65 after one of its workers died following a fall into a sweet-making machine.

Posted by Nicole StevensADNFCR-2754-ID-19776075-ADNFCR


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