Poultry firm fined over severed arm
Posted Wed, 11 Apr 2012
A firm from Somerset has had to pay £15,000 after a worker lost his arm when it became trapped in unguarded machinery.
Mike Aubry was cleaning out an industrial chicken shed at Millard Poultry Ltd when the incident happened back in December 2010.
The 27-year-old was employed to wash out the building using a pressure washer powered by the driveshaft of a tractor.
However as he moved, Mr Aubry's arm got caught in the unguarded part of the machine and it had to be amputated at the scene.
The company was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 in costs.
Millard Poultry Ltd, of Little Acre, Lower Godney, Wells, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 in relation to the incident.
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