5 May 2010

Lack of machine maintenance leads to amputation

A specialist bread manufacturer has been fined after a worker was injured by a dough mixing machine and had his finger amputated.

Thambirasaiyah Roy, 39, from Edgware, was using a spiral mixing machine to make dough in October 2006, at the company's factory in Garrick Road Industrial Estate, Hendon.

While using the machine Mr Roy's left hand came into contact with the unguarded beater of the mixing machine. As a result part of his left index finger had to be amputated.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation showed the guard covering dangerous parts of the machine had been missing for some time before the incident and previous advice from HSE regarding maintenance of machinery in the factory had been ignored.

Bread Factory Limited, formerly known as Bread Limited, of Hendon, Barnet, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £3,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,926, at the City of London Magistrates Court.

HSE inspector, Anne Gloor said:

"This incident could easily have been avoided. The hazards associated with this type of machine are understood within the food manufacturing industry and there is clear guidance on the guarding standards which should be followed.

"There were clear failings on this occasion. Had a simple guard been fitted to this machine then Mr Roy would never have suffered these injuries."

HSE Transcript Source: COI/LDN/0430
(Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence)

Good to Go Safety cannot produce a checklist for every type of equipment in operation, however we do offer a 'design your own' option. Ideal for specialist equipment such as the one mentioned above, it allows you to produce your own checklist and ensure that employees carry out a pre-shift inspection. By implementing such a procedure, Good to Go Safety would identify the need for a machine guard to be in place and quarantine the equipment until the fault had been rectified. A simple equipment management system could have prevented this accident from occurring.

1 comment:

  1. Seems like common sense on the part of the employer could have prevented the entire incident. Had they properly maintained this machine, it would have never happened. Employers need to enforce regulations put forth by OSHA and inspect/maintain equipment as required.


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