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Explosion underlines importance of machinery maintenance
The case of a worker who miraculously survived an explosion at a Manchester rubber factory has reinforced the importance of machinery maintenance.
Karl Tonks, a workplace accident legal specialist, said the man was lucky to escape when a machine exploded, ripping through the factory and sending an iron girder crashing onto his workbench.
"The circumstances of the incident are quite remarkable," said Karl, a partner with Fentons Solicitors LLP. "Apparently, the man had left his workstation to make himself a coffee, and a high pressure machine used to manufacture rubber rollers exploded as he made his way back."
The middle-aged Manchester worker was blown off his feet by the blast, which also lifted the factory roof and sent a five-foot long girder flying through the air. He sustained chest and arm injuries in the incident. "If he'd have been working in his usual place, the consequences could have been much worse," said Karl.
The rubber company, which pleaded guilty to breaching safety regulations by failing to arrange a routine inspection of the machine and also failing to maintain it, was fined £10,000 at Trafford Magistrates' Court. The Health and Safety Executive also issued 12 Prohibition Notices banning the use of other machines after inspectors visited the factory.
"This worker was lucky to escape with his life," said Karl. "Incidents like this underline the importance of regular machine maintenance, which is why there are strict regulations in place."
How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of accidents in the workplace.
If you think that you have a case or require further information contact Fentons on 0800 0191 297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.
Source - IOSH
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