Bakery company fined £400,000 after employee has left leg amputated

A food manufacturing company on the Wirral has been fined £400,000 after one of its employees had to have her leg amputated.

Sharon Bramhall lost a leg following a serious incident at Baker & Baker Products, which is based in Bromborough. The 58-year-old had to have her left leg amputated below the knee following the incident at the company’s premises on Stadium Road.

Baker and Baker Products, which makes a wide variety of baked goods, pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on 25 March 2024. In a statement provided to the court, Mrs Bramhall said she felt ‘lucky’ it wasn’t worse.

The court heard how Mrs Bramhall had been supervising four other members of staff as they completed high-level cleaning tasks during a night shift on 22 April 2022.  She had been acting as ‘a banksman’ for an employee who was controlling a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP).  As the MEWP turned through 90 degrees into the warehouse it struck Sharon, crushing her left leg.

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