The Lincoln Magistrate’s Court heard how the employee was crushed into the machine – supporting two broken ribs – after its safety systems were bypassed and the machine operated while under power. It should have been isolated before the start of the work.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the task was performed by Bakkavor Fresh Cook employees in this manner on a regular basis and the company should have known about it.
No risk assessment
No risk assessment of the task had been performed and the employees were not provided with a safe work system to perform it.
The lack of a safe working system for the task – and the inability of the company to monitor how the work was performed – led employees to design their own way of carrying out the procedure, including bypassing guidelines. safety systems and using unsafe work practices.
Bakkavor Fresh Cook Ltd of Sluice Road, Holbeach St Marks Spalding pleaded guilty to an offense under Section 2 (1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1974 etc. The company was fined Â£ 130,000 and costs of Â£ 2,607.10.
Commenting after the trial, HSE Inspector Tim Nicholson said: âThose who supervise the work are responsible for designing safe working methods and providing the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers.
âIf a safe and proper work system had been in place prior to this incident, along with proper monitoring of how the work was performed, the injuries sustained by the employee could have been avoided. “
Meanwhile, last month, sports nutrition company Applied Nutrition Ltd was fined Â£ 70,000 for health and safety violations, after a workman’s hand was cut off while cleaning machines.