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McCain Foods landed with £800k fine for wrong conveyor guard

Frozen food manufacturer McCain Foods has been fined after a worker nearly lost his arm when it became trapped in machinery.

McCain Foods landed with £800k fine for wrong conveyor guard
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Peterborough Crown Court heard how the 34-year-old employee’s arm was entangled while he was checking the condition of the head roller on a bypass conveyor on 21 August 2014. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the conveyor was fitted with improper guards and the company’s risk assessment of the machine failed to recognise the danger. 

McCain Foods pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, which covers dangerous parts of machinery. 

It was fined £800,000 plus costs of £12,830. 


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


  • Would it be possible to find

    Permalink Submitted by Frances Chukwu on 14 March 2018 - 04:42 pm

    Would it be possible to find out the type of conveyor and the type of guard so other can ensure they are on the right path


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