Inside food & drink manufacturing

Headlines > Regulation

Read more breaking news



Warburtons fined £1.9M for trapped arm

Post a comment

By James Ridler+

Last updated on 04-Jul-2017 at 14:47 GMT2017-07-04T14:47:57Z

Warburtons was fined £1.9M for safety failings
Warburtons was fined £1.9M for safety failings

Warburtons has been fined £1.9M for safety failings, after a worker’s arm was trapped against a running conveyor belt – its second fine of more than £1M this year.

Nottingham Crown Court heard how on August 4 2015 an agency worker was cleaning parts of the bread line when his arm became trapped. The accident left him with friction burns that required skin grafts.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found CCTV footage showing the worker cleaning parts of the line at the time of the accident.

As he reached into the line he became trapped between two conveyors, resulting in part of the machine having to be dismantled to free him.

Localised guarding to prevent access

HSE inspectors said the machine could have been fitted with localised guarding to prevent access between the conveyors.

A spokesperson for Warburtons said: “The health and safety of all our people is our first priority and we are deeply saddened that on this occasion our procedures failed to protect Wayne. We have taken the necessary action across our bakeries to prevent this happening again."

Warburtons Ltd of Mushroom Farm Eastwood, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £1.9M and ordered to pay costs of £21,459.71p.

Speaking after the case, HSE inspector Edward Walker said: “Warburtons failed to guard the machine sufficiently to prevent access to the running conveyors, which in this case could have prevented the injuries.

“Employers should ensure that all equipment used by agency and their own workers alike are sufficiently guarded and take appropriate measures if any deficiencies are found.”

‘Take appropriate measures’

Warburtons was also fined £2M in January after a worker sustained life changing injuries following a fall from a mixing machine.

Tougher sentencing guidelines for large turnover companies like Warburtons meant that health and safety fines in food manufacturing could soon reach more than £10M for a single offence, warned DWF partner Dominic Watkins in May.

Under the new rules, companies with turnovers of more than £50M could be fined up to £20M for corporate manslaughter, up to £10M for health and safety offences and up to £3M for breach of food safety regulations.

“While the overall number of firms being fined has not changed that much, what has changed is the size of those fines,” Watkins said. “We are seeing a seismic shift in the level of fines being handed down.”

Speaking in March, Pinsent lawyer Kizzy Augustin said: “There is a new normal for fines for non-fatal health and safety offences and it is far higher than was the case under the old regime.”

Post a comment

Comment title *
Your comment *
Your name *
Your email *

We will not publish your email on the site

I agree to Terms and Conditions

These comments have not been moderated. You are encouraged to participate with comments that are relevant to our news stories. You should not post comments that are abusive, threatening, defamatory, misleading or invasive of privacy. For the full terms and conditions for commenting see clause 7 of our Terms and Conditions ‘Participating in Online Communities’. These terms may be updated from time to time, so please read them before posting a comment. Any comment that violates these terms may be removed in its entirety as we do not edit comments. If you wish to complain about a comment please use the "REPORT ABUSE" button or contact the editors.