Employee lost an eye

A NOTTS company has admitted breaching Health and Safety laws after an employee lost an eye on his first day at work.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 11th September 2012, 4:20 pm

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought the charges against Bloom Plant Ltd and Paul Nathan Batty after an employee suffered severe injuries when he was hit by a falling excavator bucket.

The accident happened on James Wilson’s first day on site at a demolition site in Kilton Road, Worksop, on 10th January 2011.

The HSE said the Volvo EC360 excavator was being operated by Mr Batty, another employee of Bloom Plant Ltd.

Mr Wilson, who lives in Misterton, was scalped and lost his left eye. He suffered a broken eye socket, cheekbone, jaw, nose, left collarbone, several ribs and his left tibia and fibular.

He also punctured a lung and severed the nerves on his bottom lip.

Mr Wilson was in a coma for two weeks and had to have a tracheotomy in order to help him breathe. He needed extensive reconstructive surgery.

Bloom Plant Ltd, of Askham Road, East Markham, and Batty, of Grange Road, Ordsall, both admitted failing to ensure the health and safety and welfare at work of all its employees, including James Wilson, at Mansfield Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The case was adjourned for sentencing. Bloom Plant Ltd and Batty will next appear before Worksop Magistrates Court on Wednesday 3rd October.