McCain, the major frozen food manufacturer, pleaded guilty to breaches of Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Section 2(1) HSWA 1974.
The case was heard at Peterborough Crown Court and concerned a 34-year-old employee who, on 21 August 2014, was attempting to check the condition of the head roller on a bypass conveyor. His arm became entangled in the machine, causing very serious injury. His arm was saved, but he now has limited movement.
The HSE investigation revealed that the machine did not have the correct guards fitted and that the risk assessment failed to recognise the consequent danger. McCain was fined £800,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,831.