Food manufacturer Sisters Food Group Ltd has been fined £274,000 after two workers became trapped in moving machinery in two separate incidents.
At Colchester Magistrates’ Court yesterday it was heard how, on 26 March 2016, while working for 2 Sisters Food Group Ltd at its poultry site in Flixton, Norfolk, Mr Romas Ciurlionis trapped his thumb in a moving shackle shortly after being shown how to remove chicken intestines.
As the line was running, he was pulled away from the emergency stop cord and when it moved past a fixed gate his thumb was severed.
The Court also heard how, on 23 August 2016, Mr Darren Hamilton entered an area of the factory that should have had the power isolated before cleaning activities commenced. The safe system of work was not being followed and the shackle line was still running when his finger became trapped. As he could not reach the emergency stop his finger was severed.
The investigations carried out by HSE found that 2 Sisters Food Group Ltd had failed to ensure that measures were in place to mitigate the consequences of a worker becoming entrapped in a shackle in the first instance and that they failed to ensure safe isolation procedures were followed in the second.
2 Sisters Food Group Ltd of Grange Road, Flixton, Bungay pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Works Equipment Regulations 1998 in relation to the first incident and has been fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,031.83.
In respect of the second incident, 2 Sisters Food Group Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety At Work Act 1974 and has been fined £74,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,386.52.
After the hearing, HSE inspector Saffron Turnell said: “These incidents could so easily have been avoided had appropriate controls been in place.
“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”
By Belinda Liversedge on 11 November 2019
An estimated 141.4 million working days were lost due to sickness or injury in the UK in 2018, equivalent to 4.4 days per worker, official figures show.
By Belinda Liversedge on 21 October 2019
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is hosting a series of events and free resources this week for European Week for Safety and Health at Work, with its dangerous substances campaign taking centre stage.
By Belinda Liversedge on 24 September 2019
Menopausal women should be treated by firms as if they have a long-term fluctuating health condition, which needs the appropriate support from workplaces, Labour has announced.