Tulip fined £20k over accident
Published:  17 August, 2011

Tulip, the meat processor, has been fined more than £20,000 after a worker had two fingers sliced off in an unguarded mixing machine.

The incident happened at Tulip’s factory in Lincolnshire, when a 60-year-old employee reached into a mixing bowl to remove a piece of blue plastic he had spotted as he was adding seasoning to the mixture.

The worker lost his index and middle fingers on his right hand and damaged his ring finger as a result.

After several operations and 10 months off work, the man returned to Tulip, but due to the loss of nerve endings in his damaged fingers, was unable to do the same job.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the mixing machine was not guarded, unlike others at the site, which all had an electrically locked gate at the top of a set of access steps. If gates had been in place, they would have prevented the paddles inside the machine from turning as the seasoning was added.

Tulip was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,076 after pleading guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

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