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Employee loses fingers in pasty machine

21st February 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

A Burnley bakery has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee lost the tips of two of his fingers in a pasty-making machine. The accident was caused due to safety features of the machine being intentionally disabled.

The machine in question had been fitted with a guard that prevented access to it while it was running. However, workers at Tayyabah Bakery Ltd had removed it so they could add fillings while the machine was operating.

An employee was feeding a cheese and onion mixture into the machine when his right hand was struck by its pistons. He had to remain off work for a year due to the pain in his fingers.

The bakery pleaded guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, due to the machine's guard having been removed and it being allowed to stay in an unsafe state. The firm was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £5,002 in prosecution costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801696109-ADNFCR

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