Cheshire company Tattenhall Dairy Products Ltd, producers of Cheshire Farm Ice Cream, have today been fined over an injury to one of its workers. The employee was unblocking a fruit feeder machine when the machine sliced off her finger. Employees had been told to switch off the machine but there was no safety measure in place to cut off the power when the chute was removed to tend to blockages. The incident took place at the company’s Drumlan Hall Farm site.
The only safety measure in place at the site in relation to unblocking the machine was to tell the workers to switch the machine off before attempting it. It therefore provided no safeguards when the power status of the machine was not checked. The HSE investigation into the company revealed that these safety breaches were even more serious given that blockages needed to be removed several times a day.
Chester Magistrate’s Court fined the company £7,500 and ordered it to pay £11.287.22 in costs. They were found to have breached the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Provision and Use of Equipment Regulations 1998. Since the accident precautions have been taken to prevent the recurrence of the incident. A device has been installed on the machine which cuts power when the chute is removed to tend to the blockages.