McCain Foods has been fined £800,000 following an incident last year at its Whittlesey factory near Peterborough.
On 21 August 34-year engineer Adam Regan was examining a conveyer belt when his arm became trapped in the machine and was almost severed. Although his arm was saved he now has limited movement in his hand.
An inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the conveyor did not have the correct guards and that an internal risk assessment by the company failed to recognise the potential danger.
McCain Foods (GB) Limited of Havers Hill, Eastfield Scarborough, pleaded 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, and was fined £800,000 with costs of £12,831.51.
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