During a preventative inspection guarding and electrical installation deficiencies were noted and two unreported accidents were discovered. The injured persons (IPs) were migrant workers supplied by a gangmaster. One suffered crush injuries when drawn into a carrot dip wheel while he was cleaning the machine. The second IP suffered an amputation and burn injury to a finger after contacting the heat-sealing mechanism at an inadequately guarded vertical form fill and seal machine.
Following the visit the company then failed to comply with an Improvement Notice issued regarding inspection & testing of the electrical system.
At a court hearing the company pleaded guilty to four charges and was fined as follows:
HSE was also awarded full costs of £7421.60.