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June 7, 2016

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HSENI prosecutes egg producer following injury

A company from Northern Ireland has been fined £7,500 for health and safety failings that led to the serious injury of an employee.

Ready Egg Products Ltd was fined at Omagh Crown Court after a Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) investigation into the incident at the Ready Egg premises, Lisnaskea, on 21 August 2014.

The court heard how a 56-year-old employee was injured when his hand was pulled into an unguarded conveyor roller while he carried out routine machinery maintenance. Sadly, as a result of his injuries, and after a number of operations, the employee lost all the fingers of his right hand.

The machine, a manure dryer common in egg production plants, had been supplied in 2012 without the appropriate guarding but was being used in the production process in this dangerous condition. At no time did the company recognise the need to guard the conveyor thereby exposing employees to significant risk of injury for some time.

Speaking after sentencing, Jonathan Close, an inspector with HSENI’s Major Investigation Team said: “While not specific to the egg processing industry, the risks from entanglement in machinery rollers are well known. Employers must make sure that all machinery is properly guarded and that employees are trained, competent and authorised to operate machinery.”

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Bob Wallace
Bob Wallace
5 years ago

Is this a late April Fool’s story??? £7500 for permanent disability caused by unguarded machinery. I can only assume this company is a very small organisation, with low turnover. Even so, where is the deterrent to others?

5 years ago
Reply to  Bob Wallace

I totally agree with Bob such a pitiful amount for such a life changing injury that could and should have been prevented