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Confectionery giant fined over employee death

26th April 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

The largest confectionery firm in the UK has been hit with a six-figure fine after one of its workers was crushed to death in a sweet-making machine.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard that a 33-year-old employee sustained fatal injuries after falling into the machine while clearing a blockage at a plant in Poole in February 2008.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Simon Jones explained that the machine had not been properly isolated before the man stepped in, which caused it to restart unexpectedly.

"A proper risk assessment would have highlighted the dangers of entrapment," he said.

"All employees need to be adequately trained in correct company procedures - whether it's for clearing blockages, operating machines or any other high-risk activity."

The company, Tangerine Confectionery Limited, was found guilty of breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Fines of £150,000 were handed out for each contravention, while the firm was also ordered to pay full costs of £72,901.65.

Last week, fuel tank manufacturing firm Transtore (UK) was fined £70,000 after an HSE investigation found that it was breaking a number of health and safety regulations.

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