An engineering company has recently been fined after an employee was scalped.
The employee in question suffered life changing injuries after the incident. While she was working, the employee’s ponytail became entangled around a pillar drill. As a result, her scalp and a part of her ear were torn off during the incident.
The employee then had to undergo surgery nine times in the months that followed. This involved skin grafts to reconstruct her scalp, and eventually her ear had to be amputated as a result of the incident.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive found that the moving parts of the drill were not adequately guarded. This went against standard industry practice. The investigation also found that the company’s own risk assessment had identified that a guard should be in place. Later evidence also showed that the drill had been in operation without one for several years.
The company in question pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. They were fined £62,334 and ordered to pay costs of £1459.90.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Charlotte Cunniffe said ‘This incident could so easily have avoided by carrying out correct control measures.’
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