Frozen food manufacturer fined for safety failings

A 34-year-old employee was attempting to check the condition of the head roller on a bypass conveyor, had climbed temporary scaffolding to get a closer look at the machine. While doing this his arm became entangled in the machinery and his arm was almost severed, hanging on by the tendons, and he lost five pints of blood. Although his arm was saved, he now has limited movement in his hand.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the conveyor that caused the incident did not have the correct guards fitted. A risk assessment of the machine by the company failed to recognise the danger. The internal investigation also identified a number of other issues relating to guarding on other machines.

McCain Foods (GB) Limited of Havers Hill, Eastfield Scarborough, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £800,000 with costs of £12,831.51.

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