A Bradford-based food firm has been fined following an accident at work which resulted in a worker’s finger being severed.
Arcadia Food Industries Limited was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after the incident in which a machine severed one of the employee’s fingers and badly cut another.
It has been ordered to pay GBP 4,000 with GBP 3,080 in costs for failing to act on an earlier warning from the HSE and not adhering to PUWER requirements.
Following the hearing, HSE inspector Neil Hunter said the fact that Arcadia Food Industries had already been warned to improve safety makes the accident at work "such a frustrating prosecution".
"Fitting suitable guards is not costly, time consuming or difficult and had they been in place this incident would not have occurred and a painful and debilitating injury could have been avoided," Mr Hunter said.
It comes after Burnley-based CMA Tools Ltd was recently fined GBP 1,000 after one of its employees lost a finger in an accident at work.
Posted by Alison Spriggs