Work injury suffered by farm employee in manure machine

A Bradford farming company has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after one of its employees suffered a work injury in a manure machine.

The SK Hanson and Son employee lost his big toe and part of the heel on his left foot when he fell into the manure auger on January 21st 2009.

An HSE investigation revealed that the manure machine had not been sufficiently guarded, allowing the worker to fall in and sustain his injuries, which he is still recovering from.

The Bradford-based company pleaded guilty for breaching regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined GBP 2,000.

HSE inspector Charles Callis said: "Employers must thoroughly plan work activities around dangerous machinery, to account for any risks and to avoid these incidents from happening."

Last week, Cannock company Hickman Engineering was fined GBP 3,000 after an employee suffered a serious electric shock from one of its machines.

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