A worker’s jaw was shattered into ‘pieces like cornflakes’ when he was hit by a piece of plastic pipe ejected from a bandsaw, a court has heard.
The man, who does not wish to be named, was working at Kingsnorth Waste Management when the incident happened on 11 August 2010.
He broke his upper and lower jaw bones and burst his jaw hinges, forcing him to undergo a series of operations.
Failure to identify risks
Dartford Magistrates’ Court was told how the worker was cutting down the old gas pipe – 50cm long, 30cm in diameter and 2cm thick – for recycling. As he fed the domed section of the pipe into the bandsaw, however, the teeth of the blade stuck into the plastic, rotated it round the domed end and ejected it.
He has since undergone a number of operations, including a bone graft from his hip, over the past four years to reconstruct his jaw, while he still suffers from a continual feeling of ‘pins and needles’ caused by irreparable nerve damage.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive discovered there had been two further instances of plastic pipe being ejected as it was being sawn and striking the operators. The company was therefore served with a prohibition notice.
It failed to identify the risks involved, plus failed to implement measures such as the use of jigs clamps or wedges to make the machine safer.
Kingsnorth Waste Management Ltd of Kingsnorth Industrial Estate, Hoo, Rochester, was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 in costs after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
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Date Published: July 29, 2014
Author: David Brown