Pasty worker airlifted to hospital after hand crush

By James Ridler contact

- Last updated on GMT

A Cornwall Bakery worker was airlifted to hospital after trapping his hand in machinery
A Cornwall Bakery worker was airlifted to hospital after trapping his hand in machinery
A pasty factory worker was airlifted to hospital earlier this month, after his hand got trapped in machinery.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident at Samworth Brothers-owned The Cornwall Bakery on Moss Side Industrial Estate in Callington, Cornwall at 8:51am.

A spokesman for Samworth Brothers told Food Manufacture​: “We can confirm that an individual has been taken to hospital following an incident at our Callington site this morning.”

Cornwall Air Ambulance confirmed that the man had been treated for injuries sustained to his hand after it had been caught in a machine. The patient was airlifted to Derriford Hospital for further treatment.

Ambulance Service

A South Western Ambulance Service spokesman told Food Manufacture​: “We sent a land ambulance and an air ambulance to attend the incident. A male patient was conveyed by air ambulance to hospital for treatment.”

Incidents involving arms and hands getting caught in machinery are some of the most common accidents at food manufacturing sites, according to the Health & Safety Executive.

It is not known if Samworth Brothers violated health & safety regulations in this instance, but firms now face tough financial penalties if they are found to have done so.

In February, 2 Sisters Food Group was fined more than £270,000 for two separate incidents where workers became trapped in moving machinery.

Meanwhile, food flavourings manufacturer Frutarom was ordered to pay more than £100,000 for breaching health and safety regulations,​ after an agency worker lost four of his fingers when his hand came into contact with mixing blades inside machinery.

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