South East Wales

Avana Rogerstone bakery worker lost two finger tips

A bakery worker lost the tips of two of her fingers after she tried to clean some cake mixture from a pipe by hand, magistrates have heard.

Solway Foods, who owned Avana Bakeries in Rogerstone, Newport, admitted breaching a work equipment regulation and must pay £6,773 in fines and costs.

The injured agency worker, 28, lives in Cwmbran.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it was "disappointed" the pump involved had not been guarded.

The worker's fingers got caught in part of the pump mechanism, severing the tips of her index and middle fingers of her right hand.

She still suffers pain after the incident last September and has difficulty carrying out daily tasks which involve gripping, such as brushing her hair or writing.

'Very painful'

The HSE prosecuted at Newport magistrates after investigating the incident.

Although the firm had put protective bars over most of the other pumps in the factory, they had failed to do so on the one involved.

HSE inspector Joanne Carter said blockages of moving machinery were common in the food industry and workers often try to remove them or try to clean them while a machine is moving.

"If access to dangerous parts is not prevented, they could be badly injured," she said.

"Solway Foods clearly failed to ensure the safety of its workers, with very painful consequences for this agency worker."

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