Woman injured after fall into cleaning processing machine
A food company has been fined after one of its workers fell into a cleaning processing machine, highlighting the importance of safety signs.
The woman was operating a machine at a site in Holbeach St Marks on April 20th 2009 when she slipped and fell into one of its three 1.5-metre-deep tanks.
She was rescued by colleagues but suffered from severe headaches and pains in her neck and back for the next five weeks, which left her unable to work.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that her employer, Bakkavor Fresh Cook, had not realised that climbing was required for cleaning the machine.
"A risk assessment should have been carried out and an examination of how work at height was being undertaken," said HSE inspector Jo Anderson.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 at Spalding Magistrates' Court and was fined £3,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,091.
HSE statistics suggest that falls from a height in the workplace occur on a disproportionately regular basis every year in the UK.
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