An agency worker at a crisp manufacturer, Tayto Group Ltd, lost three fingers while clearing a blockage of material from a machine on the production line. His hand came into contact with shears and three fingers on his right hand were severed, below the first knuckle.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and found that the the guard on the machine had not been secured at the time of the accident. The company had also not implemented a formal monitoring system on the machine in order to secure that all guards were in place and secure before the machine was started.
Tayto Group Ltd, of Northamptonshire, pleaded guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. They were fined £330,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,752.23.
HSE Inspector Michelle Morrison said after the hearing: "This man suffered a life changing injury in what was an entirely preventable incident. Employers must have adequate and robust systems to ensure that guards used to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery are in place and secure before machinery is put into use."
The original notice by HSE from January 10, 2017 can be found here.