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Blackpool sweet manufacturer sentenced over severed finger

Tangerine Confectionery Ltd. has been sentenced after part of a worker’s finger was severed, reports the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The employee was trying to remove a blockage in one of the sweet-making machines when his left hand was pulled in, severing his index finger to the top knuckle.

Tangerine Confectionery, which has seven factories around the country, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 after it failed to make sure the machine stopped operating when the guard was not in place.

The company, of Vicarage Lane in Blackpool, was fined £3,400 and ordered to pay £4,568 in prosecution costs on 10 August 2011 following the incident at its Clifton Road site in Marton.

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