Bury St Edmunds firm fined after worker crushes arm

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A company in Bury St Edmunds has been fined £8,000 after a worker’s arm was crushed.

Orbital Foods, which buys and sells used food processing machinery, must also pay £2,634 in prosecution costs.

Engineer Rui Sousa, 46, was reconditioning a bacon press in March, when it closed on his left arm. He suffered a fracture, severe lacerations and crush injuries and was off work for four months.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found inspite of it raising conerns in 2006, no risk assessment had been carried out and no safe system of work provided for engineers.

The Chapel Pond Hill firm admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act, at Bury magistrates on Thursday (20) .

Afterwards HSE inspector Anthony Brookes said: ““Employers have a responsibility to provide systems of work that are, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health.

“In this case The company had received previous warnings and enforcement from HSE which, had they heeded, would have prevented the serious and painful injury Mr Sousa had to endure.”