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Lathe amputation costs ice cream maker £300k

An Essex-based manufacturer of ice cream cones, sauces, stabilisers and decorations has been sentenced after an employee lost four fingers in a metalworking lathe.

Lathe amputation costs ice cream maker £300k
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Mark Goodge had been using an emery cloth to clean by hand steel shafts on the lathe at Marcantonio Foods’ factory in Barking, Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told.

Goodge’s gloves became entangled in the lathe and his lost four fingers on his right hand, broke several bones in his left arm and sustained a dislocated wrist.

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) investigation found Marcantonio had no safe system of work for cleaning the metal shafts.

It was not an “isolated incident”, the executive said, as employees had been applying emery cloth directly to the lathe for several years before the accident.

Marcantonio pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined £300,000 in addition to costs of £8,751.


Keeley Downey is acting deputy editor of IOSH Magazine. She is a former editor of Biofuels International, Bioenergy Insight and Tank Cleaning Magazine

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