A man severed two fingers in a serious work accident on an egg production line.
The unnamed man was working for Bumble Hole Foods Ltd in August 2010, when the accident happened. He was tasked with cleaning a drain on the production line.
As he was cleaning this drain, his hand came into contact with a heavy duty blade. The blade severed two of the man’s fingers in a devastating accident.
The Health and Safety Executive investigated the accident and found several safety faults. The work of cleaning the drain had not been adequately risk assessed by the company. What is more, employees doing the cleaning were able to access dangerous moving parts of the machine whilst they were still running.
The company also allowed unqualified employees to train others in how to undertake the cleaning work. All these safety failings took place despite a similar accident happening at the firm approximately two years before this accident happened.
Bumble Hole Foods Ltd pleaded guilty to breaking Work Equipment Regulations at Redditch Magistrate’s Court this week, and were fined £13,000.
A spokesperson for the HSE asserted afterwards that the accident was easily preventable.