Suffolk chicken firm fined over injured workers

A chicken firm has been fined £230,000 after two employees were injured, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said.

Shaun Alexander, 42, had his hand crushed in a machine at the 2 Sisters Food Group plant in Flixton, Suffolk, in 2009.

A month later Malcolm Raven, 54, had his arm trapped and broken while clearing an enclosure at the site.

The firm admitted two breaches of the Health and Safety Act at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday.

An HSE investigation found a safety guard had been removed from equipment Mr Alexander was cleaning when his hand was pulled into two rotating cogs.

'Wholly avoidable'

HSE officers also found a device had been fitted to override a safety control in a system Mr Raven was clearing when he was injured.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Julie Jarvey said the firm lacked proper training, had inadequate risk assessment and an absence of safe working practices.

"Both these incidents were wholly avoidable," she said.

She added Mr Raven had not been trained properly for a task outside his normal working duties.

The 2 Sisters Food Group, which is based at West Bromwich, was also ordered to pay costs of £24,350.

A spokesman for the 2 Sisters group said: "The case concerned is regrettable and the company has worked hard since this occurrence to improve its training procedures, risk assessments and systems of work for cleaning duties and operations within the Flixton factory."

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