Sunday, 22 May 2016

McCains fined £800,000 and employee nearly lost arm

Major frozen food manufacturer McCains was fined £812,831 (inc.costs) for safety failings after an employee nearly lost his arm.

The circumstances were:
  • A risk assessment of the machine by the company failed to recognise the danger of unguarded areas on a bypass conveyor.
  • The conveyor did not have the correct guards fitted.
  • A 34-year-old employee was attempting to check the condition of the head roller on the conveyor. 
  • While doing this his arm became entangled in the machinery and his arm was almost severed. 
  • Although his arm was saved, he now has limited movement in his hand.

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