Metalworking – Serious work injury while operating a table grinder
A case dealt within OSH and fire protection, resulting situation and risks.
An employee who was working in the locksmith’s workshop, where he was working with a table grinder, suffered a serious work injury when a flying material hit him to the nose and he lost a part of his nose. He was immediately hospitalized and taken to the operating room.
The accident was caused by the fact that the grinder wasn’t properly equipped with protective covers and the employee didn’t use an appropriate personal protective equipment such as goggles or a face shield.
The employer has under § 3, point r) of the Government Regulation no. 378/2001 Coll. to ensure that the machine is equipped with suitable protective device in order to secure and protect the life and health of employees against flying or thrown objects. Furthermore, it is the employer’s obligation under § 104 of the Act no. 262/2006 Coll. of the Labor Code to equip employees with appropriate personal protective equipment according to assessed risks at the workplace and monitor their use.
This personal protective equipment has to be demonstrably provided and preferably every issue should be recorded on the card of personal protective equipment and given to the employee. In case of proving work injury, it is essential to show the inspection authority of Area Labor Inspectorate that you really provided the employee with this personal protective equipment.