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Food firm sentenced over Wigan worker's injuries

A food processing firm has been sentenced after one of its employees suffered serious injuries to her arm at a Wigan factory.

The worker, who has asked not to be named, needed a metal plate in her left arm after it became caught in a potato blanching machine at the plant on Dobson Park Way in Ince.

Bakkavor Foods Ltd, which packages salads and fresh vegetables, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for failing to ensure the dangerous parts on the machine were guarded.

Bakkavor Foods Ltd pleaded guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company, of West Marsh Road, Spalding, Lincolnshire, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £2,026 in prosecution costs on 21 October 2011.

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