Employee injured at work due to unsafe working conditions


A 22 year old employee suffered injuries to his arm whilst cleaning machinery at work resulting in long term discomfort and adversely affecting his work capabilities.

On 20 April 2007 the employee was cleaning a conveyor-fed potato processing machine when he suffered lacerations, bruising and tendon damage to his left forearm and elbow.

The employer was found guilty by the Health and Safety Executive for breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and fined £10,000 plus costs of £5,000.

The company had failed to identify the risks involved in cleaning this machinery and had also not provided the employee in question with the appropriate training or supervision.

Employers have a duty to protect their employees at all time and provide a safe working environment.

The HSE inspector David Kivlin commented: "Adequate safeguards on moving machinery and safe systems of working should always be in place. Employees had themselves spotted fundamental flaws in cleaning procedures and raised their concerns that insufficient safeguards existed for their protection but senior management did not heed those warnings."

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