Engineering firm fined £40,000 as employee is seriously injured.

An engineering firm has been sentenced for safety failings after an employee suffered life-threatening injuries when he was hit by a 400kg metal ring propelled toward him under an extremely high pressure.

The incident happened on 25 May 2011. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which investigated, said the victim stood on the BOP, two and a half metres above the ground in order to tighten jacking bolts. He then heard a loud bang and a locking ring shot up with force, hitting him in the face and upper body and throwing him into the air. The man then landed on the floor and the ring fell directly on top of his legs.

The victim was rushed to hospital with life threatening injuries both to his face and chest, having to undergo surgery to repair severe fractures to his face and collarbone. He has been left with permanent scarring to his face and was only able to return to work with the company early this year.

HSE revealed that the establishment had failed to provide an adequate safe system of work or ensure suitable measures were taken to control articles being ejected. It was also discovered that the firm had also failed to ensure workers were adequately supervised while carrying out pressure testing.The company was fined £40,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

This was a preventable accident which could have been avoided had simple controls been in place. This terrible injury could have happened to anyone.

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