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Worker saved by head protection

One of two workers seriously injured when a 300 kilogram door collapsed on top of them was saved from death by his head protection, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed.

Publishing a picture of the worker's battered safety helmet, the HSE was keen to stress the importance of employers issuing their workers with sufficient safety equipment.

Investigating inspector at HSE, Mike Griffiths, said: "One of the workers could potentially have been killed if he hadn't been wearing a hard hat. Despite this, he still suffered a severe cut to his head and several other serious injuries."

As well as head injuries, the worker and his colleague broke their legs in the incident, forcing one to take redundancy.

The company involved was sentenced by the court and given a fine for failing to carry out a suitable risk assessment.

HSE figures reveal that nearly 4,000 UK-based manufacturing workers suffered major injuries in 2010/11.

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