Firm Fined $367K After Conveyor-Related Injury

March 16, 2020

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Firm Fined $367K After Conveyor-Related Injury

British poultry processing firm Chesterfield Poultry Ltd was cited for several safety violations and issued a fine of £300,000 (or about $367,000) after a piece of conveying equipment severed a worker’s thumb at its Doncaster, England facility, Great Britain’s occupational safety regulator, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

The worker’s thumb became trapped in the overhead conveyor on April 24, 2017 as they were attempting to rehook a chicken foot that slipped from a shackle. 

“As she went to insert the foot back into the hook, her thumb got stuck, and she was pulled around with the conveyor,” the HSE wrote in a press release announcing the fine. “Further around the line there was a fixed upright post attached to a drip tray, and as she got to this point her thumb met the post and her thumb was traumatically severed.”

HSE investigators determined that the conveyor did not have an emergency stop in the position where the person was working. Chesterfield Poultry, trading as Iqbal Poultry, pleaded guilty to violating Section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. 

“The moving shackles passing the fixed pole – that supported the drip tray – created the danger zone that the worker was drawn into,” said HSE inspector Eddy Tarn in a statement. “Companies must ensure that measures are in place to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery and provide a means to stop machinery should an emergency happen.”

 In January, Powder & Bulk Solids reported that a worker was injured at the Specialty Oil Extractors LLC hemp processing plant in Darlington, SC after their arm became lodged in a conveying system. 

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