Food & Drink eBulletin No 23

Having trouble viewing this email? View the content as a web page.

HSE Header logo small

Food and Drink Manufacture eBulletin

News from HSE

Food and Drink (F&D) Manufacture Health and Safety Forum

The Forum held its 27th meeting in April and agreed its 2017/18 plan to progress the delivery objectives of its Common Strategy. This strategy aims to improve the health and safety performance of the food and drink manufacturing industry by targeting its main causes of ill health and injury.  Importantly, all Forum members agreed to promote the strategy, develop initiatives in line with it and monitor its implementation. 

One planned initiative is to support the National food and drink manufacturing health and safety conference.  The next national conference will take place at The Oxford Belfry, at Thame in Oxfordshire, on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 October 2017. For further information, contacts and booking details visit IOSH's Events Page.

Another initiative is for a Forum Working Group to develop tools such as KPI’s, action plans and case studies.  These will enable injury and ill health reduction and promote leadership and worker engagement in line with strategy objectives.  Future eBulletins will promote these tools and it is hoped that the F&D manufacturing sector will find them useful.

This industry-specific Common Strategy is strongly aligned to the overarching system strategy Help Great Britain Work Well (HGBWW).  Injury rates for the UK F&D manufacturing industry are double that of UK manufacturing industry as a whole.  The Forum challenges individual F&D manufacturing companies to reduce sector injury rates by considering the adequacy of their own contributions to these strategies.

HSE's Sector Plans Launched

HSE’s Sector Plans detail what HSE's Manufacturing Sector are doing to help Great Britain work well.

The Manufacturing Sector Plan covers a diverse range of activities, from engineering, small-scale motor vehicle repair, woodworking and metal fabrication, paper and plastic manufacture, food and drink production to car manufacture, heavy engineering and shipbuilding. On average, 27 workers are killed each year in this sector, accounting for almost 20% of all workplace fatalities.

Known health issues across the sector include musculoskeletal disorders, work-related stress and occupational lung disease.


European campaign - Healthy workplaces for all ages

EU-OSHA's Healthy Workplaces Campaign is 'Healthy workplaces for all ages' focusing on the promotion of sustainable work and healthy ageing throughout your working life.

More information on how you can get involved and for practical tools and guidance visit Healthy Workplaces for All.

Research Reports

Scoping study on multi-site delivery issues for heavy goods vehicles

The purpose of this scoping study was to establish whether there were specific safety issues relating to multi-site deliveries, and how widespread these were within the UK road haulage industry. This study builds on previous work carried out on load securing of goods transported by road. More information on this study can be found on HSE's Research Webpages.

Fines and Prosecutions

North West food firm prosecuted after worker dies

A North West food firm has been fined £2million with £32,595.10 costs after a worker died when plastic bales fell on top of him. The accident happened when the 703kg bales fell towards the worker trapping him against the ground. For more information read HSE's Press Release.

Noodle firm fined after worker suffers hand injuries

A Noodle manufacturer has been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay full costs after a worker suffered life changing hand injuries while attempting to clear a blockage on one of the noodle production lines. More information on the accident and prosecution can be found on HSE's Press Release.

Worker crushes hand in meat separating machine

A food manufacturer in Coventry has been fined £366,666 and ordered to pay costs of £10,978.09 after a worker crushed his hand loading meat into a meat separating machine leaving him facing surgery and skin grafts. More information on the accident and fine can be found on HSE's Press Release.

Butchers fined after worker suffers hand injuries

A butchers has been fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,343 after a worker suffered deep lacerations to one his hands when cutting beef bones on a band saw. The supplied safety devices on the band saw were not in use at the time of the incident as the worker had not been adequately trained to use them. More information on the fine and prosecution can be found on HSE's Press Release.

Animal feed manufacturer fined

An animal feeds producer has been fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,008.after a mill cleaner suffered a serious hand injury resulting in amputation of a finger. More information can be found on HSE's Press Release.

Bakers fined after machinery accident

A Penrith based bakery has been fined £70,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7990 after two workers suffered hand injuries while operating machinery on site. One worker lost the top of their middle finger, after it caught the moving blade of a dough-dividing machine and the other worker injured a finger on the cutting jaws of a wrapping machine. More information on the accidents and fines can be found on HSE's Press Release.

Information on a wide range of food and drink manufacture health and safety topics and issues is available on HSE's food and drink website.


This bulletin provides a sample of the wide range of information that can be found under ‘What’s New' on HSE’s website.


Please feel free to use this information and pass it on, using your own networks.

GovUK footer logo