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'Dim lighting' blamed for injury in giant vegetable freezer

24 November 2010

The dangers of working in a food factory were again illustrated by the fact a factory worker suffered severe bruising to the legs when he was injured inside a giant vegetable freezer

According to www.accidentclaimlaw.co.uk, which doesn't give details as to where the accident took place, Thomas Munford was clearing ice from the inside of the freezer when it was switched on by another worker who didn't realise anyone was in there.

When the freezer was switched on, the blades of the stirrer began to rotate and injured Munford before he could move away, the website says.

According to www.accidentclaimlaw.co.uk, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the accident was due to dim lighting and a mesh grille inside the freezer which impaired visibility as well as communication problems due to a high level of noise.

In addition to this, both men had been working on their overnight shift for more than 11 hours at the point of the accident at work, said the website.

HSE inspector Stuart Parry was reported as saying: "If a lockable switch had been fitted to the control panel and operators instructed to padlock it in the off position whenever they were working near the stirrer, nobody would have been able to switch the unit back on until it was safe to do so."


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