Shift worker gets broken bones in machine accident

Bakery cleaner may seek compensation 2654

A night shift worker was injured in an accident involving unguarded machinery at a bakery, resulted in her arm being broken in two places.

Wioletta Drozdz from Newquay injured her right forearm while cleaning a moving conveyor belt at Crantock Bakery of Indian Queens.

She was instructed to work on the premises' number two conveyor production line by the supervisor on the previous shift, who was not on site when the accident happened, having left a few hours earlier.

Attempting to clean dough from a steel pressure roller, her arm was broken when her metal scraper blade slipped and her arm was dragged into the 'pinch point' of the machine.

David Cory, Health and Safety Executive inspector, explained this type of equipment has to be fitted with guards in order to reduce the likelihood of such mishaps taking place.

Mr Cory stated: "There is plenty of well established guidance from the Health and Safety Executive and the industry on how machinery can still be properly cleaned with appropriate guards in place."

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02/07/2012 16:52