Newark and Sherwood District Council has prosecuted a major electrical retailer, after an employee was almost blinded by a 3cm long piece of metal, which penetrated his eyeball.
The Nottingham Post is reporting that thirty seven year old Krzysztof Ignacek, of Balderton, in Nottinghamshire, was employed by Dixons Retail Ltd, formerly known as DSG (Retail) Ltd and was working at their distribution centre in Winthorpe, when the accident happened.
Nottingham Magistrates Court was told that Mr. Ignacek was trying to remove a security seal from a curtain-sided lorry with his bare hands, when it snapped sending a thin shard of metal flying into his left eye.
The piece of metal penetrated his cornea, causing irreparable damage to his lens, which had to be replaced with an artificial one during complicated eye surgery.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) concluded that Mr. Ignacek should have been provided with a suitable cutting tool and appropriate gloves to remove the seal.
The company was fined a total of £30,000 for two breaches of Health and Safety regulations, following a successful prosecution by Newark and Sherwood District Council, at Nottingham Magistrates Court.
Since the accident the firm has reviewed its safety procedures and the metal security seals are no longer in use.