Successful HSE prosecution for Mark Ainsworth

March 31, 2015

Mark Ainsworth from Exchange Chambers acted for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in a case in which an ice cream firm was fined £7,500 after part of a worker’s finger was cut off while cleaning a machine.

The 60-year-old employee, who does not want to be named, had her left index finger sliced off below the knuckle at Drumlan Hall Farm, Tattenhall in 2013.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said she had been cleaning the machine as requested, unaware it was turned on.

Tattenhall Dairy Products Ltd, which makes Cheshire Farm Ice Cream, admitted two safety failings over the incident.

It was also ordered to pay costs of more than £11,000 at Chester Magistrates’ Court for breaches of the Provision and Use of Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Mark Ainsworth was instructed by Simon Belfield at Frisbys.

Mark is a member of the health and safety team at Exchange Chambers. This team prosecutes on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency, and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. Many of the team have gained appointment to the national list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates specialising in health and safety law.