Burnham: Kebab factory worker loses knuckles in cleaning accident (From Maldon and Burnham Standard)
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Burnham: Kebab factory worker loses knuckles in cleaning accident
A kebab factory worker lost his knuckles after slicing his hand in a meat skinning machine.
Maurice Green, director of Kismet Kebabs, appeared in court on Tuesday after the accident involving Ethem Torungolu at the company’s factory in Maldon Road, Latchingdon, last year.
Mr Green admitted failing to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery and failing to ensure Mr Torungolu received adequate training in the safe use and cleaning of the de-rinding machine.
The doner kebab maker, who had worked in the factory for 20 months, was left with just 10 per cent functionality in his right hand.
Chelmsford Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday he had cleaned the de-rinding machine on February 9 last year while it was still running.
Mr Torungolu put his hand into the trap point while cleaning and it became trapped.
Firefighters dismantled the machine to free Mr Torungolu, who lost his knuckles and tendons, the court heard.
He was airlifted to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, where he stayed for 19 days and needed three operations to reconstruct his knuckles and had a skin graft on his left thigh.
Julie Rayner, prosecuting on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive, said: “The risks of the trap point are well known, which can include crushing and even death..
“The company did not identify risk and they did not prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery.”
She told the court training was inadequate and employees were given operational training but there were no written instructions or risk assessments.
Jeremy Sirrell, mitigating, said: “It’s been personally very upsetting for the director of the company and other people in the company.
“It is a shocking incident.”
He said Kismet Kebabs spent £26,000 in implementing health and safety measures last year.
The company was not fully aware of the safety measures needed at the time of the accident but “they have bent over backwards” in implementing them since.
The magistrates court declined jurisdiction to sentence.
The case has been sent to Chelmsford Crown Court for sentencing on October 3.
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