A frozen vegetable supplier has been fined GBP 10,000 after one of its employees was involved in an accident at work.
The man had his finger amputated when his hand was crushed in a box loading machine at Pinguin Food Ltd’s site in Boston on February 10th 2009.
He was unable to return to work for six months after the accident took place.
The incident happened because the man was able to defeat a safety device using an interlock mechanism, allowing him to gain access to the machinery.
“Pinguin should have had robust supervision and monitoring that should have identified staff were overriding interlocks and stopped it happening,” said Health and Safety Executive inspector Scott Wynne.
He went on to say that the automatic palletising machine is able to carry up to a ton of boxes, “so the employee could easily have suffered more severe injuries”.
Earlier this month, Telford-based I2R Packaging Solutions was fined GBP 10,000 after a woman lost her fingers in a machine during an accident at work.
Posted by Alison Spriggs