16 August 2007
Dairy 'breached health and safety laws'
A dairy based in Dagenham has been forced to pay over £8,000 after one of its employees caught his arm in a machine.
David Pennycook broke his arm after his sleeve became trapped in a milk bottling machine while working at Dairy Crest in October 2005.
The 50-year-old had to have major reconstructive surgery performed on ligaments and muscles in his arm and was off work for nearly a year.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that an interlocking device attached to a safety guard on the machine was not functioning correctly. The device allowed the machine to operate when the guard was up - something it should have prevented.
The HSE also ruled that the dairy did not have an adequate management system in place to ensure checks on guards were conducted correctly.
Dairy Crest pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,599.
The HSE is a body responsible for health and safety regulation in the UK.