£330K fine for crisp maker following finger severing

A Northamptonshire crisp and snack manufacturer has been fined after an agency worker lost the tops of three fingers on a production line.

Image: Evan-Amos
Image: Evan-Amos

The unnamed worker at Tayto Group's Corby plant was clearing a blockage from a machine on the production line in August 2015, when his hand came into contact with shears, severing three fingers below the first knuckle.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the guard on the machine was not secured at the time of the incident, nor had the company implemented a formal monitoring system to ensure that all guards were in place and secure before the machine was started.

Tayto pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), and was fined £330,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,752.23.

HSE inspector Michelle Morrison said: "This man suffered a life-changing injury in what was an entirely preventable incident.

"Employers must have adequate and robust systems to ensure that guards used to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery are in place and secure before machinery is put into use."

Describing itself as the UK's third largest snack manufacturer, Tayto makes crisps under its own brand and for Golden Wonder.


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