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Health and safety lapses cost employees and organisations

17 April 2017

Investigations by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have resulted in fines for Moy Park and Bells of Lazonby as a result of injuries to workers due to health and safety regulation breaches. 

Moy Park was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,924 after a worker was injured at its Anwick site in Lincolnshire. An engineer was checking the blades on the cutting line when the machine restarted and he was not able to move his hand away from the blade he was inspecting when the machine started up. The worker suffered deep laceration to his hand. 

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed to implement a safe system of work in relation to isolating procedures when maintaining the machinery in the production line.

Two workers suffered hand injuries while operating machinery at Penrith based bakery Bells of Lazonby. One worker lost the top of their right hand middle finger, after it caught the moving blade of a dough-dividing machine. The second incident resulted from the left index finger of an employee making contact with the cutting jaws of a wrapping machine.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed to equip the machinery with the correcting guarding to avoid incidents like this occurring.

The company was fined £40,000 for the first offence and £30,000 for the second offence and ordered to pay costs of £7990. Speaking after the hearing, Leona Cameron, HSE inspector said: “This case demonstrates the importance of checking and assessing all dangerous equipment and machinery to prevent injuries to employees operating such machinery.”

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