Frozen Food giant McCain Foods (GB) Limited has been fined £800,000 for safety failings after an employee nearly lost his arm.
Peterborough Crown Court heard how 34-year-old employee, Adam Regan, was checking the condition of a conveyor belt when his arm became entangled and was almost severed. Although his arm was saved, he now has limited movement in his hand.
The incident, which occurred on the 21 August 2014, resulted in the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigating the cause. They found that the conveyor did not have the correct guards fitted. Further the risk assessment of the machine carried out by the company failed to recognise the danger.
McCain Foods (GB) Limited of Havers Hill, Eastfield Scarborough, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £800,000 with costs of £12,831.51.