Worker suffers severed finger in machine accident
A food manufacturing firm from Bradford has been fined after one of its employees suffered severe injuries to his hand.
The man reached into the discharge hatch of a spice mixing machine and his hand came into contact with its rotating paddles, severing one of his fingers and badly damaging another.
Bradford Magistrates' Court heard that the area of the machine should have been impossible to access, but that it had insufficient guard rails and no corresponding warning signs.
The company involved, Arcadia Food Industries, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
As it had also ignored an earlier warning from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about the machine, it received a £4,000 fine and was ordered to pay costs of £3,080.
"The very fact Arcadia Food Industries had already been warned to improve safety makes this such a frustrating prosecution," said HSE inspector Neil Hunter.
"Fitting suitable guards is not costly, time consuming or difficult and had they been in place this incident would not have occurred and a painful and debilitating injury could have been avoided."
Last week, Aston Villa were fined after a man suffered broken bones in his heels when he fell through a fragile rooflight at the Premier League football side's Bodymoor Heath training ground.
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