H & S breaches from making dough to drilling

HSElogoRed300Manufacturing sectors dealing in activities as diverse as making dough and drilling were in the dock this week accused of paying insufficient attention to the safety of their employees.

On Monday, Pontypridd bread manufacturer Easibake Foods was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and fined £14,000 with £9,931 in costs after an employee’s hand was trapped by moving blades on a dough-cutting machine.

An investigation found there was no guard on the machine to prevent access to the moving blades. Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard that the worker was trying to clear a build-up of dough from the machine at the plant when she put her hand close to the blades.

She suffered a fracture to her right index finger and multiple fractures to her thumb as well as soft tissue and nerve damage to her right hand, which resulted in the temporary loss of movement in her fingers and required surgery.

And yesterday, Kent engineering firm G & P Machine Shop was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £2,433 in costs after a worker lost the tip of a finger when his gloved hand got caught in an unguarded drill. The 62-year-old employee needed the top joint of his left ring finger amputated after the incident. He was able to return to work but has since retired. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated and prosecuted the firm for failing to make sure protective measures were installed to stop workers accessing dangerous moving machinery parts.

Maidstone Magistrates heard that the employee had been drilling holes in steel plate using a magnetic drill with a rotary broach attachment. He was wearing gloves to protect himself from the hot swarf and cutting fluids. As he attempted to add lubricant to the tool, his gloved hand became entangled in the unguarded tool.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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