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A company was fined £800,000 after a worker suffers injuries at a chocolate factory

Nestle fined £800,000 after a worker suffered injuries at a chocolate factory.

On 30 September 2020, at the Nestle’s chocolate factory on Rowan Drive, Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne. 

A maintenance Technician working with Nestle was investigating a problem on a conveyor belt of a machine used in making chocolate sweets. The technician’s sleeve mistakenly got drawn into the rotating parts of the Conveyor system called the roller. The left arm sustained severe injuries when trapped between the roller and the conveyor belt.

Chocolate factory incident: Health and safety executive (HSE) report

During the investigation, Health and safety executive found that the Nestle company had not assessed the risk created by the rollers under the conveyor belt and failed to guard the roller, which was a dangerous part. 

Previously, a Similar incident happened at the Nestle Halifax factory before this one. 

The Prosecution

On 19 October, at the South Tyneside magistrates’ Court, Nestle UK Ltd of City Place, Gatwick, West Sussex, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. Nestle UK ltd was fined £800,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7776.50 and a victim surcharge of £190. 

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