A food processing company, 2 Sisters Food Group, has recently been sentenced after a worker was injured while unblocking a machine on a poultry slaughter line.
An employee of 2 Sisters Food Group Limited was attempting to clear a blockage on a conveying system at its Foxhills Industrial Estate site in Scunthorpe, when he was struck by a large metal stillage. As a result, his body was crushed at chest height against the end of the unit, and he sustained multiple injuries including several fractured ribs, fractures to his back and a punctured lung.
Consequently, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had failed to identify deficiencies in the guarding on the machine, and rather worryingly the clearing of blockages was usually carried out while the machine was still in operation.
Speaking after the hearing at Doncaster Magistrates Court, HSE inspector Kirsty Storer said:
“The employee’s life-threatening injuries could easily have been prevented had the company identified the guarding deficiencies and put in place simple measures to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery.”
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