A Kettering-based animal feed firm has been fined for work accident which seriously injured an employee.
On July 17th last year, a 53-year-old employee was oiling chains on a machine stacking bags of animal feed on to pellets when he fell around six feet, bruising his ribs and puncturing a lung.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out an investigation which found the firm, Dodson and Horrell, had contravened the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 by failing to carry out sufficient risk assessments concerning working at height.
The firm was fined GBP 2,000 and ordered to pay costs of GBP 2,255 at Kettering Magistrates Court on June 11th after pleading guilty to the breaches.
HSE inspector Michelle Morrison, prosecuting, said: "The outcome of this incident, the injuries and the subsequent fine remind us that the results can be serious for people and for businesses that fail to comply with their health and safety duties."
Earlier this month the HSE sent out a warning to employers to make sure they had safeguards in place on dangerous machinery after the prosecution of Metal Containers when an employee’s finger was broken on a chained conveyor.