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Frozen food giant fined £700,000 after worker loses fingers

McCain Foods has been fined £700,000 after an employee lost two fingers in an incident at a Lincolnshire factory.

Tom Matthews, 33, was cleaning batter system machinery in September 2019 when his hand became caught in a chute at the company’s Gratham site. His index and middle fingers were seriously injured, and later amputated.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found McCain did not provided an appropriate guard on machinery and had not carried out an adequate risk assessment.

The HSE also said staff had not received adequate training or supervision.

McCain admitted breaching a health and safety regulation at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court.

A spokesperson said: “Since the incident in 2019, we have further enhanced our machinery safety measures, and across our six UK sites we have had zero employee safety incidents over the past 12 months.

“We sincerely regret this incident and extend our apologies to Tom Matthews and his family.”

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