Dorset brewery fined over man's severed fingers

A Dorset brewery has been fined £6,000 after an employee lost two fingers in unguarded machinery.

Hall & Woodhouse Ltd, of Blandford St Mary, was also ordered to pay £10,000 in costs at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court.

The company pleaded guilty to a breach of the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act in August last year.

A worker, 32, lost his middle and index fingers trying to clear a blockage in a grain dust extractor.

'Needless injuries'

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecutors said the company had relocated the grain dust extractor but failed to identify the risks associated with its new location.

The man has had five operations since his fingers were severed, the court was told.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Fiona Coffey said: "An employee has suffered painful and needless injuries because of the failure by Hall & Woodhouse Ltd to put simple safety measures in place.

"This was an incident that could have easily been prevented by carrying out a suitable assessment of the risks presented by the new location of the extractor."

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