Firm Fined £14,000 with £8,387 Costs
1. A meat processor, Cranswick Convenience Foods in Wombwell, South Yorks, has been fined £14,000 after a worker lost his hand in a meat processing machine and another lost the ends of 2 fingers.
2. James Hardcastle, aged 33, was trapped up to his elbow for 10 minutes in a machine with 2 sets of rotating knives, a court-heard. He had to have his left hand amputated after an accident in December 2009 at the site.
3. A machine has poorly guarded and a knife could be used to override a sensor, which meant it was easier to feed meat into the machine, but the power supply was not cut off if an operator got near to dangerous moving parts.
4. Three months later, in another accident at the factory, Liam Hodgson lost the ends of 2 fingers when feeding plastic film used for packaging meat into machinery. Studleigh-Royd, the factory’s parent company was fined a total of £14,000 for the 2 offences and £8,387 costs after admitting 2 safety breaches.