Female employee loses half her finger in pie machine

A woman had her fingered severed whilst she was removing dough from a machine whilst it was still running. She had noticed that the dough depositor was not running as it should and tried to scoop out the dough with her finger. The automatic knife that cuts the dough into portions, sliced down through her index finger.

The company, who produce cakes and pastries, was investigated by the HSE, and found to be guilty of failing to ensure dangerous parts of machinery were securely guarded.

The Magistrates Court fined them a total of £15,000 for offences under Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and they were ordered to pay legal costs of £1,638.

An HSE Inspector commented: “The purpose of these regulations are to ensure that employees who operate machinery do not suffer serious injury from a moments distraction or error in judgement, which is what happened in this case.

“Whilst the company had health and safety procedures in place which they diligently followed, they consistently missed a glaring problem with a piece of machinery. Essentially they hadn’t truly understood the purpose of their checks and practices. My advice to dutyholders is to ensure that any health and safety system in place is practical and actively challenges normal working practices to improve workplace safety”.

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