A bakery based in Penrith has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for two separate accident at work incidents.
The first accident at work incident occurred on 26 January 2016. Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Bells of Lazonby Limited caught his right hand in the moving blade of a dough dividing machine, severing the top of his middle finger.
The second accident at work took place just a few months later on 29 March 2016. In this incident, an employee was injured when their left index finger came into contact with the cutting jaws of a wrapping machine.
An investigation into both accident at work incidents found that the organisation had not equipped the machinery with suitable guarding, guarding which would have prevented such injuries.
Sentencing and fines
Bells of Lazonby Limited of Edenholme Bakery, Penrith have pleaded guilty to breaching two charges of Regulation 11, of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
The bakery was fined £40,000 for the first offence and £30,000 for the second offence. The firm was also ordered to pay costs of £7990.
HSE inspector Leona Cameron said after the hearing:
“This case demonstrates the importance of checking and assessing all dangerous equipment and machinery to prevent injuries to employees operating such machinery.”
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Source: Health & Safety Executive