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Food company fined after worker suffers crushed hand

Date:
18 April 2017

Beckett’s Foods Limited has been fined after a worker’s hand was crushed in a meat separating machine at the company’s Moat House base in Coventry.

Coventry Magistrates’ Court heard that on 11 May 2016 the 22-year-old worker was loading meat into the machine, when he fell and his hand entered the machine.

The worker suffered serious injuries to his hand which later required surgery and skin grafts.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed implement a safe system of work for separating the meat using this machinery. It was also found, the company failed to equip the machinery with the appropriate level of guarding to protect the workers from harm.

Beckett’s Foods Limited of Moat House, Aldermans Green, Coventry pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 (1) and 33 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and has been fined £366,666 and ordered to pay costs of £10,978.09.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Christopher Maher said: “This case highlights the dangers of failing to assess risk. All duty holders must ensure that all dangerous machinery has the appropriate level of guarding in place to avoid serious injury like in this case.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
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