West Yorkshire food processor fined £1.4 million after worker crush injury

A food processing company based in West Yorkshire has been sentenced after a worker was seriously injured whilst unblocking a machine on the poultry slaughter line.

In the hearing at Doncaster Magistrates, the court heard how in September 2012, an employee of 2 Sisters Food Group Limited was attempting to clear a blockage on a conveying system at its Foxhills Industrial Estate site in Scunthorpe when he was struck by a large metal stillage.

As a result, his body was crushed at chest height against the end of the unit, and he sustained multiple injuries including several fractured ribs, fractures to his back and a punctured lung.

The resulting investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had failed to identify deficiencies in the guarding on the machine, and the clearing of blockages was usually carried out while the machine was still in operation.

2 Sisters Food Group Limited of Trinity Park House, Fox Way, Wakefield pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

They were fined £1.4 million and ordered to pay £38,000 in costs.

David Scott, Senior Associate Solicitor at Hethertons, said: “The HSE handing out such a large fine shows how serious the case is. It is important to put the correct safeguards in place to protect your company, from employees to customers.”

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