Butchers in Court after slicing machine accident injury

Butchery firm in court after worker slices arm 2784

A large butchery firm in Lewisham could be open to legal action from a worker who sliced his arm because of a lack of adequate protection.

The man, who does not wish to be named, was deboning a lamb at a slicing machine on July 21st 2011 when he accidentally tore into his arm with the serrated edges of the blades.

He was rushed to hospital and, after three months of physiotherapy, has fully recovered and is working again.

It was later established that the butcher had not been given adequate protection against cuts, as his chain mail armour only went as far up his arm as his wrist when it should have gone as far as his elbow.

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors found that if the man had adequate protection, then the work accident would never have happened.

Rare Butchers of Distinction was fined a total of £2,750 and ordered to pay £3,690 in costs.

After the hearing HSE Inspector David Balfour said: "The deep, painful cut the butcher sustained was entirely preventable had he been wearing elbow- length chain mail gloves, which should have been provided by the company as a matter of course."

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