Food manufacturers in Derbyshire have been reminded that they may receive financial penalties and injury compensation claims if they fail to ensure knives are handled safely.
It follows an incident in which butcher Robert Bogdan suffered a four-inch-deep stab wound to his abdomen while working on a turkey processing line at Cranberry Foods, Scropton.
The firm was fined GBP 10,000 and ordered to pay GBP 2,726.60 in costs after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that he had not been made to wear a chainmail apron.
HSE inspector Melvin Sandell said Mr Brogan is lucky that the injury was not more serious.
"This is the fourth incident of this type at the factory and it is sad that the company hadn’t taken those previous warnings seriously," he commented.
A manufacturing company in Staffordshire was prosecuted recently after an employee suffered a broken toe and dislocated bones when a piece of machinery fell on him.