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December 24, 2021

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Food manufacturing company fined after worker injures finger in machinery

A food manufacturing company has been fined for safety breaches after a hygiene operative suffered a serious injury when his hand came into contact with a mixer.

The employee of Troy Foods (Salads) Ltd had his index finger severed after his left hand came into contact with a mixer whilst cleaning the door mechanism, Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard was told. This was a result of lack of necessary training in which he should have been signed off before working alone at the time of the incident, on 8 November 2019.

The HSE’s investigation found that Troy Foods (Salads) Ltd failed to adequately maintain guarding arrangements on a paddle mixer whilst also having deficiencies with training and supervision.

Troy Foods Salads Ltd of George Mann Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 11 (1) Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £93,000 and ordered to pay £769 in costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Julian Franklin said: “Better compliance, supervision and training are essential to reinforce safe systems of work.

“This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply implementing the correct control measures and safe working practices.”

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