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Worker injures hand in dough cutting machine

18th December 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A Belfast food manufacturing company has been fined after an employee injured her hand whilst cleaning a dough-cutting machine.

The worker was attempting to clear a build-up of dough in a Pontypridd factory when her hand strayed too close to a blade. She suffered fractures to her right thumb and index finger, soft tissue damage and nerve damage.

The risk of the incident occurring could have been lessened with appropriate safety signage warning of the dangers, with a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspection revealing that the machine was not fitted with a guard preventing access to the blades.

Easibake Foods Limited pleaded guilty to a single breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. It was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay £9,931 in costs.

The company has now installed an appropriate guard on the machine. HSE inspector Stuart Charles said that the watchdog “will not hesitate to prosecute companies where key safety devices are not fitted to potentially dangerous machinery.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801673811-ADNFCR


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