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Frozen food supplier receives £800k fine following engineer injury

11 May 2016

McCain has received a fine of £800,000 after an engineer was seriously injured in an accident at its Whittlesey factory.

During the hearing at Peterborough Crown Court it was stated that the engineer, Adam Regan, had been examining a conveyor belt but his arm became trapped in the machinery and was almost severed.

Surgeons were able to save his arm but Mr Regan, 34, now has limited movement in his hand as a result.

Following the incident, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) conducted an investigation during August 2014 and found that the conveyor did not have the correct guards fitted and that a risk assessment study of the machine had not highlighted this.

A subsequent internal investigation showed there were additional issues with guards on other machinery on site.

However, the hearing heard that McCain has a "very good safety record", according to Safety & Health Practitioner, and had acted swiftly to correct the issues.

Peterborough Crown Court also heard that the company had given Mr Regan full sick pay throughout his time off, despite being employed for a short time before the incident, and had also offered counselling to him and other colleagues affected by the incident.

It had also accepted responsibility for the incident and offered its apologies to Mr Regan.

After pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, McCain Foods (GB) of Havers Hill, Scarborough was fined £800,000 with £12,831 costs.

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