A manufacturing company has admitted safety failings after a worker suffered a number of horrific head injuries.
Desmond Salkeld, 65, was with a colleague investigating a fault on a hot wire cutting machine at Springvale EPS Ltd’s factory in Newcastle when his head became trapped in dangerous moving parts of the machine.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court. It was consequently fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay £1,244.40 in costs.
Mr Salkeld sustained a bleed to the brain, a hole in the bridge of his nose, shattered eye sockets, a large gash to his head, a badly-damaged jaw and fracture to his temple in the accident at work on 4 June 2013.
Surgeons took bone from the right side of his skull to reconstruct his face during a nine-hour operation.
He still suffers from blurred vision and is unlikely to ever make a full recovery from his injuries, which have forced him to retire.
The Health and Safety Executive discovered the machine had not been isolated from its power source and a fixed safety guard had been removed, while Springvale EPS Ltd failed to carry out a suitable risk assessment and develop safe procedures for the maintenance work.
Seeking head injury compensation
A head injury can be anything from bruising or cuts, to a fractured skull and/or injury to the brain.
Compensation amounts vary depending on the severity of the injury, so things like prognosis, medical expenses and loss of earnings will all be taken into consideration.
Victims should get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to see how much they could be entitled to.
Source: Chronicle Live