Occupational Safety And Health

Packaging firm Euro Packaging UK ltd was fined £100k, after a worker’s arm was crushed in machinery

Food packaging firm fined £100k for hand crush

By Gwen Ridler

A company that manufactures packaging for the food and drink industry has been fined £100,000 for health and safety offences, after a worker’s hand was crushed.

Greencore was fined £1M, after a contractor fell from a stepladder and died

Greencore fined £1M for worker’s death

By Gwen Ridler

Convenience food manufacturer Greencore has been fined £1M for safety failings, after a contractor died after falling from a stepladder. 

Carlsberg says it is co-operating with the HSE to establish the cause of the leak

Brewer to improve ‘rigorous procedures’ after death

By Noli Dinkovski

Carlsberg UK has claimed the safety of its employees is of the “utmost importance” after being served an improvement notice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following a gas leak that led to the death of one of its workers.

Bakkavor was fined £2M for safety failings

Bakkavor fined £2M for worker’s death

By Michael Stones

Prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor has been fined £2M for safety failings, after one of its workers died when plastic bales fell on top of him.

Warburtons was fined £2M after a work sustained live changing injuries after falling from a mixing machine

Warburtons fined £2M for worker’s fall

By Gwen Ridler

Warburtons has been fined £2M for health and safety failings, after a worker was hospitalised after sustaining life changing injuries following a fall from a mixing machine.

Müller have been fined £400,000 after a worker fell through a fragile roof panel

Müller fined £400,000 for roof fall

By Gwen Ridler

Müller UK and Ireland Group has been ordered to pay more than £400,000 for safety failings, after a worker fell 4.6m through a fragile roof panel.

ICH ltd was fined £20k after a worker fell through the ceiling of an Iceland Foods store

Firm fined £20k for Iceland ceiling fall

By Gwen Ridler

A firm has been ordered to pay more than £20,000 for safety failings, after one of its workers fell through the ceiling of an Iceland Foods’s store.

Fatalities at food and drink firms cause over the past year are reviewed in this gallery

Food firms: fatal injuries and prosecutions

By Gwen Ridler

Over the past year, more than 20 food and drink firms have been fined for health and safety failings. Four of these prosecutions were for fatalities.

Tesco fined  £500k for rooftop fall

Rooftop fall costs Tesco more than £500k

By Gwen Ridler

Tesco Stores Ltd and Tesco Maintenance Ltd have been ordered to pay more than £500,000 for safety failings, after an employee fell through a skylight.

Baxters fined £70,000

Baxters fined £70k after worker mutilates hand

By Matt Atherton

Soup firm Baxters Food Group was fined £70,000 on September 22 after it admitted serious health and safety failings had caused a worker’s hand to become mutilated in a pie machine.

Arnaouti Pitta Bread Bakery Ltd was fined £36,000 for safety failings

Bakery fined £36,000 for safety failings

By Michael Stones

Bakery company Arnaouti Pitta Bread Bakery Ltd has been fined £36,000 for safety failings, linked to failure to comply with improvement notices.

Allied Bakeries’ Stockport site hosted an IOSH food safety visit

Food safety culture plan backed by top firms

By Rick Pendrous

Leading names in UK food and drink manufacture have joined a new initiative, run by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), to promote safety culture change in the sector.

Horticultural firm, William Sinclair Horticulture Ltd, was fined for safety failings

Safety failings cost horticultural firm £30k

By Gwen Ridler

A horticultural firm was ordered to pay more than £30,000 by Bolton Magistrates court last week (June 27) for safety failings at two of its sites, after investigations by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Musculoskeletal disorders and skin conditions becoming an increasing concern

Food firms challenged by musculoskeletal disorders

By Alyson Magee

Occupational health is becoming an increasing focus for the food and drink manufacturing sector with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and respiratory and skin conditions of particular concern. Taking health and safety figures overall, the sector also...

A supervisor had voiced concern about the machine two years ago

Greencore fined £40k for severed fingers

By Michael Stones

Food to go business Greencore has been fined £40,000 after one of its workers had two fingers severed in a workplace accident, due to safety failings.

Food safety crime guidelines for fines

Tougher fines for most serious food crimes

By Alice Foster

Businesses found guilty of corporate manslaughter and the most serious food crimes will face tougher fines under new guidelines published today (November 3).

Hearing protection is necessary without masking other audible alarms

Hearing damage: the unseen danger

By Rick Pendrous

Many workers in the food and drink manufacturing sector are being exposed to dangerous levels of noise that could cause permanent damage to their hearing, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which has updated guidance to help protect them.

John Pointon & Sons Ltd admitted safety failings that led to the death

Food waste firm fined over cooker death

By Laurence Gibbons

A Staffordshire food waste recycling and animal rendering firm has been fined £660,000 after a worker died while repairing an industrial cooker.

The accident happened at Premier's Mr Kipling cake factory

Premier Foods’s skull-crush worker wins payout

By Nicholas Robinson

A Premier Foods engineer has received a significant amount in compensation after he was left with life-changing injuries following a devastating accident at its Moreton cake factory.

The HSE found Lanchester Dairies failed to put measures in place to prevent falls

Dairy firm fined after ‘life-changing’ fall

By Laurence Gibbons

Lanchester Dairies has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £1,690 in costs for safety failings after a worker suffered “life-changing” injuries following a fall at its site.

Health surveillance is vital, said the HSE

Safety failures led to £60k bill for cold storage firm

By Michael Stones

A cold storage firm has been ordered to pay £60,000 for a series of health and safety failings, which left one worker injured by falling equipment and others with damage to nerves and joints.

Leech: occupational health is important with an ageing workforce

FDF: we know little of SMEs' safety

By Gary Scattergood

Very little is known about the health and safety and occupational health practices of small–and medium–sized food manufacturers and engaging them is crucial to improving the well-being of staff.

The HSE review is expected to be completed this autumn

Health and safety warning from equipment firm

By Rod Addy

Health & safety budget cuts put staff in the manufacturing sector at risk, according to protective equipment firm Arco, which has alerted the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) to its concerns.

'Pint madam? Not in a glass with a handle - it's a safety risk'

Food and drink features in health and safety excuses

By Mike Stones

Spurious health and safety rules have been used to refuse to supply a burger cooked rare and to deny drinkers pints in glasses with handles, according to a new Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report.

Many minor incidents are unreported

Stop the slide

By Paul Gander

With the Health and Safety Executive facing cuts to its budget, what will be the impact on the industry's safety record? Asks Paul Gander

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