Food factory employees loses fingers in work injury

A food manufacturing firm in Warwick has been fined GBP 65,000 and could face an injury compensation claim after an employee had three fingers crushed.

The work injury occurred in September 2007 when Ludmila Jurkevica, 27, was attempting to clear a blockage in a packing machine at Tulip Limited.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Ms Jurkevica had not received adequate training for the task and neither did the machine have the required guarding.

"The defects in the guarding had been identified in the company’s own safety audit reports but nothing was done about them," commented HSE inspector Steven Gill.

He added that companies should take care to ensure that workers, especially those whose first language is not English, have the appropriate training in the use of machinery.

The warning comes soon after an engineering company in Devon was prosecuted following an explosion that killed an employee.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19445636-ADNFCR

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