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Machine Operator Suffers Broken Jaw and Facial Injuries in Workplace Accident

May 24, 2012 by  Filed under News


Jaw and Facial InjuriesA Cheltenham component engineering company has been prosecuted for jaw and serious facial injuries sustained by a worker. Grzegorz Chylenski, a machine operator working under PG Components Ltd., was running a CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) device when the accident occurred. Police investigation found that the worker was trying to retrieve a dropped element, but as he went towards the machine, he was struck on the head by the moving parts of the machine. The 33 year old man suffered a broken jaw and lesions in his ear and face.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation program to find if the employer is, in any way, responsible for causing the mishap. The investigators discovered that the safety mechanism of the device was purposely disabled to improve the productivity of the equipment and its operator.

After the prosecution, Dominic Goacher, the HSE inspector- in-charge, said that it is the responsibility of the employers to ensure health and safety of their workers. The employers should introduce inspection programs to check the safety mechanisms of the equipments. He referred to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and stated that an employer should identify hazards and risks and take precautions to prevent the occurrence of work-related mishaps. An employer must consult with the employees make first aid arrangements to combat minor injuries.

Goacher pointed out that in the Chylenski accident case, the PG Components Ltd badly failed to insure the safety of the concerned employee. The no win no fee solicitors present in the Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court during the case proceedings stated that the mishap could have been easily avoided had the safety feature not been disabled.

PG Components Ltd pleaded guilty for the negligence that caused the accident at work. The Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court fined the company £11,200 and asked to pay court costs amounting to £2,777.60. PG Components Ltd had to pay £2,500 to the injured person for violating Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

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