Employee suffered head injuries after being hit in the face by a chuck key

A manufacturing company has been fined after one of its employees was hit in the face by a chuck key which was jettisoned at speed from a piece of machinery.

The accident happened when the 30 year old worker was working close to a piece of moving machinery.  The HSE investigation found that there were safety failings with the machinery which had no chuck guards in place to protect workers from injury.

The Mansfield Magistrates’ Court heard how the worker was struck in the face by a chuck key and as a result was left with a fractured right eye socket, damage to his teeth and bruising to his brain.  The employee was lucky that a more serious brain injury wasn’t caused, although he is unable to carry out physical sports or drive at night.

Although the injury to his brain that was not life threatening, he was unable to return to work for 10 months.

The company was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £1741.12 in costs and a victim surcharge of £120.  They were found guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Section 33(1)(c) and 33(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

An HSE Inspector commented after the case:

“Failing to identify appropriate guarding for machines can lead to serious accidents.”

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