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Food producer fined for 'inadequate training'

31 October 2011

A European food processing firm, 2 Sisters Food Group, has been fined 230,000 pounds for failing to provide adequate training to its workers, according to French Tribune.com

The poultry products firm was fined following two separate accidents at its Suffolk factory. One incident left a worker with partially severed hand, while the other incident left a worker with a broken arm.

Forty-two-year-old Shaun Alexander was helping another worker in cleaning a machine, when his hand got trapped in two rotating clogs and crushed. He lost four fingers, a thumb and half of his palm.

In another incident, fifty-four-year-old Malcolm Raven had his arm broken after it trapped in a system. Julie Jarvey, inspector at Health & Safety Executive, described the two incidents as "wholly avoidable", adding that the incidents occurred due to the lack of appropriate training and insufficient assessment of risks.

The food processing firm was fined 90,000 pounds and 140,000 pounds for the offences involved in Shaun Alexander and Malcolm Raven, respectively.

2 Sisters Food Group has a workforce of about 16,000 people at its more than 35 manufacturing facilities across the UK, Holland and Poland.


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