A maintenance engineer suffered horrendous injures, when his head was crushed by a pneumatic metal press.
Forty two year old Wayne Hill, from Stourbridge, was working as a maintenance engineer for H&E Knowles (Lye) Ltd, at their plant in Brierley Hill and was repairing a pneumatic metal press, which was being used to form wheel barrow bodies out of a single sheet of metal.
Unfortunately as Mr. Hill worked on the machine it suddenly started to move, trapping the engineer in the mechanism and causing crush injuries to his head, he was trapped in the press for almost ten minutes before his work colleagues managed to free him.
Mr. Hill suffered horrific injuries in the accident, his top lip was torn off, his jaw and nose broken and he had also bitten through his tongue, he also suffered cuts and bruises to his head and neck and muscle damage in his left arm.
His injuries were so severe that he required major re-constructive surgery, which kept him away from his job for almost five months.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and discovered that the steel press had a defective interlocking guard, which meant that the machine was capable of operating even with the door open.
H&E Knowles (Lye) Ltd, of Cradley Heath, in the West Midlands, was fined £18,000 after admitting a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, following a successful prosecution by the HSE at Dudley and Halesowen magistrates’ court.