HSE prosecutes Weetabix after man loses fingertips

Monday, 23rd Jun '08 at 08:38

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned companies to ensure machinery is adequately guarded after a worker at Kettering firm Weetabix Ltd was injured in a machinery incident. HSE's warning follows its prosecution of the company at Kettering Magistrates Court today.

On 23 August 2006, a 58 year old man from Kettering was attempting to clear a rotary valve blockage while operating machinery at the Weetabix factory. He was exposed to moving parts of the valve and caught his hand in the machine, which resulted in a loss of his fingertips.

HSE Inspector Peter Snelgrove said:

"This incident has resulted in a worker suffering a significant hand injury which could have been avoided. Weetabix should have ensured that machinery was adequately guarded. There is plenty of advice and guidance available to help employers meet their legal responsibilities and keep their workers safe."

Weetabix Ltd of Burton Latimer near Kettering was fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £1,490.40 costs, at Kettering Magistrates Court today after pleading guilty to breaching Reg 11 (1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment for failure to prevent access to a dangerous machinery part.

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