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Faulty Hammer
This young labourer was nearly 18 years old and had been working on the construction site for almost two years when he had his accident. The site foreman was also his father. [Other case studies]

It broke into pieces, and struck him in the eye.

It broke into pieces, and struck him in the eye.The young man was working with plastic piping. He struck a plastic pipe with a hammer but the hammer had become brittle and as he struck the pipe, it fragmented - that is, it broke into pieces, and struck him in the eye. He suffered severe bruising.

What happened?
The site foreman, also the young man's father, was advised to do a risk assessment and identify hazards for his son prior to giving him tasks.

With thanks to Carole Booker (HM Acting Principal Inspector of Health and Safety) Birmingham HSE for listings.


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