A UK confectionery company has been fined GBP 300,000 after an employee became trapped in one of its sweet-making machines and was crushed to death.
Martin Pejril was working at Tangerine Confectionery Limited’s Poole factory when he died in February 2008.
The 33-year-old was clearing a blockage inside one of the factory’s machines when it re-started. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
His employer was found guilty of breaches under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and of breaching Regulation 3 (1) (a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
Simon Jones, Health and Safety Executive inspector, said: "This tragic case highlights the need to ensure that machines are safely isolated before any maintenance takes place so it cannot unexpectedly start up."
Earlier this month, another worker was involved in an accident at work that resulted in him breaking his wrist and his employer, Country Style Foods, being fined GBP 6,000.
Posted by Wayne Weir