Baked Goods Firm Fined $2.4M After Conveyor Belt Injury

July 10, 2017

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Baked Goods Firm Fined $2.4M After Conveyor Belt Injury
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UK baked goods manufacturer Warburtons Ltd was issued a £1.9 million fine (about $2.4 million USD) by the Nottingham Crown Court in a hearing examining the company’s role in a 2015 incident where a worker’s arm was injured by a running conveyor belt, Britain’s occupational health and safety regulator, the Health and Safety Executive (HS), announced in a July 3 press release.

A worker was cleaning a bread line on Aug. 4, 2015 when his arm became trapped between two conveyor belts, suffering friction burns that later required skin grafts. Those rescuing the worker had to dismantle part of the machine to free the man.

HSE investigators determined the equipment could have been fitted with localized guarding to block access to the area between the conveyors.

“Warburtons failed to guard the machine sufficiently to prevent access to the running conveyors, which in this case could have prevented the injuries,” HSE Inspector Edward Walker said in a statement. “Employers should ensure that all equipment used by agency and their own workers alike are sufficiently guarded and take appropriate measures if any deficiencies are found.”

The firm plead guilty to violations of Regulation 11 of the Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. In addition to the fine, Warburtons was ordered to also pay costs of £21.459.71.

Warburtons operates 12 bakeries and 14 depots in the UK, according to the company’s website.

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