A company that grows and harvests hops used to make beer has been fined GBP 3,500 after one its employees was involved in an accident at work.
On September 24th 2010, the 51 year-old farm worker from Thwaite in Suffolk was working at White House Farm in Sibton near Saxmundham for UK Hops Ltd, of Park Lane Farm in Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire.
He was making a bale of hops when the plunger of the machine he was using shot upwards and trapped his right hand against the side of the machine.
The man tore the muscle away from the base of his right thumb when he snatched his hand away from the machine.
Ivan Brooke, the investigating inspector at Health and Safety Executive, said: "This was a serious and entirely preventable incident that left a worker with an injury which is likely to affect him for the rest of his life."
Earlier this month, Burnton Farm in Laurencekirk was fined GBP 8,000 after one of its employees lost a toe in an accident at work.
Posted by Wayne Weir