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World famous food producer Baxters has been fined £6,000 after health and safety failings

The reaction follows reports in Scotland of a fine being issued to Baxters Food Group, after it admitted to health and safety failings where an employee was seriously injured. A spokesperson from Park City provides a statement.

World famous food producer Baxters has been fined £6,000 after health and safety failings led to an employee becoming seriously injured. Kayode Ogundele was injured while working at Baxters Food Group at its Fochabers plant in March 2013, where he was ordered to work in the packing section after receiving “basic” instructions on his tasks.

Mr Ogundele was injured when his hand got caught in the trap point between the moving conveyor belt and the stationary roller, known as the “nip”. He was unable to move his hand or stop the conveyor belt as he couldn’t reach the emergency stop button, and he had to wait for a passing forklift driver to answer his calls for help.

Mr Ogundele suffered injuries to three fingers and had to be off work for a month, which made everyday tasks difficult without the help of his wife. The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after it was reported by Baxters, and inspector Penny Falconer called the incident an “entirely avoidable” one.

“The dangers of nip points are well-known in the industry,” she said. “Baxter should have carried out a full assessment of the risks to workers of the new production line.” Baxters has taken full responsibility for the incident and has since taken the subsequent health and safety recommendations on board.

Park City, a provider of health and safety services, takes a keen interest in industry relevant news such as this. A spokesperson provided this statement: “Health and safety policies have to be compliant with legislation at all times, not only to protect the business but also to give staff a secure environment to work in.

“Incidents like this could easily be avoided if the proper measures are taken with the likes of heavy machinery and other dangerous equipment. For example; was there a safe operating procedure for the use of the machine and had the staff received adequate health and safety training, had they carried out suitable and sufficient risk assessments and was there machine safety guarding and sufficient monitoring of the machinery and staff operating it. Your staff are your greatest asset in business, keeping them productive ensures the business products and services are delivered. Your staff deserve to be taken care of, and their wellbeing can only be guaranteed with the proper management and monitoring of health and safety procedures.”

Park City provides a broad range of services across health & safety, training and HR, meeting the needs of businesses across the country through specialist consultation. With a client base of over 200 companies, Park City is well placed to meet the needs of businesses through the implementation of flexible services from a one off risk assessment project to outsourced health and safety services.

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