Firm is fined £43,000 after two workers are seriously injured

Dec 11, 2012

 

Natco Foods Ltd, based on the Swan Business Park in Buckingham, pleaded guilty to four health and safety offences after an investigation by Aylesbury Vale District Council.
 
The charges related to two incidents in 2010 and 2011. In the first, an agency worker’s became trapped between the edge of a loading bay and the back of a lorry as the vehicle reversed.
 
Investigations by AVDC environmental health officers found that the company had failed to carry out risk assessments and had also failed to provide safe working methods and adequate training for staff working in this area.
 
That investigation was still on-going when seven months later a second worker was injured when his arm was drawn into a conveyor belt and crushed within the roller mechanisms under the belt.
 
Council investigators found that the emergency stop controls on the conveyor belts throughout the premises were in poor repair and inaccessible and the conveyor belts were damaged and worn.
 
The lack of maintenance was a contributory factor to the accident.
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tal health officers also discovered that the company had failed to carry out risk assessments and had also failed to provide safe working methods and adequate health and safety training.
 
Natco Foods admitted the offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Aylesbury magistrates also awarded full costs of £14,383 to the council.
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