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Food manufacturer fined after worker suffers hand injuries

21 April 2017

SCLA Limited has been fined after a worker suffered life changing hand injuries while operating machinery.

Westminster Magistrates Court heard how on 17 December 2015 the worker was working to clear a blockage on one of the noodle production lines when his index and middle fingers on his right hand were severed by the machine.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found a number of failings. A risk assessment was in place but was unsuitable and the company failed to ensure that the guards on the machine being used provided the necessary protection for the operators.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, were fined £30,000 and ordered to pay full costs.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Nick Wright said: “The consequences of not guarding dangerous machinery are often catastrophic and life changing. This case demonstrates a straightforward, systematic approach to assessing machinery and ensuring that it is adequately guarded can play a significant part in reducing the risk of injury.”