Poultry firm to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds after worker injured

Moy Park Ltd must pay £211,924 after a worker was injured at its site in Anwick near Sleaford, Lincolnshire. 

Lincoln Crown Court heard that an engineer was checking the blades on the cutting line at the factory when the machine restarted. He was unable to move his hand away from the blade he was inspecting when the machine started up, suffering a deep laceration to his hand as a result.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed to implement a safe system of work in relation to isolating procedures when maintaining the machinery in the production line.

Poultry processor Moy Park Ltd, operating out of Main Road, Anwick, Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,924.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE principal inspector David Butter said: “Duty holders must put measures in place to ensure there are safe procedures in place which are then followed when checking faults on machinery.”

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