Farming worker loses toe after falling into machine
An employee of a Bradford farming company sustained serious injuries after slipping into a manure machine, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed yesterday (April 26th).
The CK Hanson and Son worker fell into an auger on January 21st 2009, losing his big toe and part of his left heel, while also severely damaging his right ankle.
Bradford Magistrates' Court heard that the screw conveyor was not sufficiently guarded when the man suffered his accident, highlighting the importance of safety signs.
The firm pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,395 in costs.
"This worker nearly lost his foot and he has suffered long-term injuries - all because his employer failed to ensure the machine was properly guarded," said HSE inspector Charles Callis.
"Employers must thoroughly plan work activities around dangerous machinery, to account for any risks and to avoid these incidents from happening."
Earlier this week, Tangerine Confectionery Limited was fined £300,000 for a number of health and safety breaches after one of its workers died following a fall into a sweet-making machine.
Posted by Ben Alexander
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