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Company fined after employee suffers hand injuries

4th February 2010 | Warning Signs

Safety signs could have prevented a food employee from suffering hand injuries during the cleaning of a cooling conveyor.

The 22-year-old man trapped his hand in the machine after cleaning a part that had no guarding of an in-running nip. The cooling conveyor was running and the individual sustained bad injuries to his hand.

Baked Snacks Co, which is based in Middlesbrough, was fined £2,400 following a hearing at Teesside Magistrates Court.

Bruno Porter, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector, said the machine should have had better guarding.

"This was a straightforward case of the company failing to address the risks arising from normal operation of this food factory," he commented.

"Simple, standard guarding of a dangerous piece of machinery should have been in place to prevent this nasty accident."

The incident, which took place in October 2008, also resulted in the Baked Snacks Co paying £2,000 court costs.

Baked Snacks Co's factory is located in the company's five-acre site, where it produces a range of sweet and semi-sweet biscuits, baked snacks and crackers.

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