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    DEMOLITON FIRM FINED AFTER TEENAGER BLINDED

    Soft strip demolition worker injured whilst not wearing eye protection

    Demolition contractor Dovestone Contractors Ltd has been ordered to pay £12,000 in fines and prosecution costs after a teenager was blinded in one eye while involved in the demolition of a old mill.

    The company failed to ensure the 19 year-old teenager wore eye protection when using a pick axe to lever up wooden floorboards on 8th September 2009. He was injured when a splinter entered his left eye.

    Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard that the teenager had worked for the company 18 months before the incident. He was helping to remove wooden planks from four floors at the mill prior to demolition of the structure.

    £5 goggles not provided

    Neil Martin, the investigating inspector at HSE, said:

    “A young man has suffered a life-long, irreversible injury because he wasn’t given safety goggles that would have cost less than £5.

    He hasn’t returned to work in the demolition industry because he’s frightened of losing the sight in his other eye. He may also have difficulty trying to get a drivers licence. This was a life-changing injury.

    Dovestone Contractors should have known there was a serious risk of its workers being blinded by splinters if they didn’t wear eye protection while using pickaxes to lift floorboards. This is required by law and there is simply no excuse for such a basic health and safety error.”

    Dovestone Contractors Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 by failing to provide eye protection for its employees.

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