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Bakery pays £45,000 after powered bowl mixer injury

A Wiltshire bakery has been forced to pay £40,000 plus costs of £5,950 after one of its employees caught his finger on an unguarded attachment of the rotating shaft on a powered bowl mixer.

The Haydens Bakery worker’s ring finger required partial amputation after the 3 March 2015 accident. 

The Health and Safety Executive found that the company had modified the machine by adding a securing clip to a rotating shaft but failed to identify and address the additional risk created. 

Haydens Bakery pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations and Regulation 3(3) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, which cover dangerous parts of machinery and risk assessment. It was fined at Swindon Magistrates’ Court.

 

Keeley Downey was the former assistant editor of IOSH Magazine. Previously she was editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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