A food processing company received a significant fine last month following a worker’s serious injury from a machine mishap on the poultry slaughter line.
The employee was trying to clear a blockage on the conveying system when he was struck by a metal stillage, resulting in several crush injuries—including fractured ribs, a punctured lung and a fracture to his back. Further investigation revealed that the company had failed to properly identify machine-guarding concerns and wrongly permitted the clearing of blockages while the machine was still running. As a result, the following prosecution took place:
After pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety Act 1974, the company has been fined a hefty £1.4 million with £38,000 in costs.
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