Scotland business

Viridor Enviroscot fined £165,000 over worker's eye injury

An Edinburgh-based firm has been fined £165,000 after a worker was left blind in one eye when he was struck by a piece of high-tensile wire.

Declan Shipcott, 20, of Alexandria, was working for Viridor Enviroscot at its materials recycling facility in Glasgow when the incident happened in 2012.

Airdrie Sheriff Court heard Mr Shipcott was hurt while helping two colleagues clear a blockage on a baler machine.

He was using wire cutters when a piece of wire struck him on the face.

He was not wearing any eye protection at the time.

Mr Shipcott was taken to hospital for emergency surgery to repair a cut to the cornea of his left eye.

He had further surgery later to remove the damaged lens and re-attach his retina.

The court heard the company had failed to distribute and ensure the use of personal protective equipment, such as safety glasses.

Viridor Enviroscot pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations.

After the case, HSE inspector Aileen Jardine said: "The simple act of donning eye protection before working with high-tensile wire may well have prevented this incident taking place.

"Instead, his employer's failings led to an incident which has had real life-changing consequences for this young man."

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