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Bakery fined after worker injured with powered bowl mixer

Written by Phoenix Health & Safety
3rd June 2016

A Wiltshire bakery has been fined for safety failings after a worker was injured with a powered bowl mixer.

Swindon Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Haydens Bakery who manufacture confectionary items, caught his wedding ring on an unguarded attachment of the rotating shaft on a powered bowl mixer. He suffered injuries to his ring finger which required partial amputation. 

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 3rd March 2015 found that the company had modified the machine by adding a securing clip to a rotating shaft but failed to identify and address the additional risk created. 

Haydens Bakery, of Hopton Estate, London Road, Devizes, Wiltshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Regulation 3(3) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and was fined £40,000 with £5,950 costs.

Phoenix Comment “All work equipment should be thoroughly risk assessed to ensure that it is safe and fit for purpose. If equipment is modified in any way, then the assessment should be reviewed and amended as necessary”.