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Two companies fined after worker blinded

02-08-2011
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Two companies have been fined a total of $155,000 after a man was left blinded in a western Sydney workplace incident.

A 63-year-old shift supervisor was badly injured after a high-pressure gas hose fitting came loose at a welding facility in Yagoona in October 2006, WorkCover said in a recent statement.

The man was switching over the gas lines when an explosion occurred and he was struck in the face and head.

He sustained multiple skull and facial fractures and lost his sight in both eyes.

A WorkCover investigation has found that two companies had failed to carry out appropriate safety protocols that would most likely have prevented the incident.

They are Weldlok, the welding facility, and Fluid Tech Hydraulics, a company that installs and maintains fluid gas equipment.

The NSW Industrial Court found Fluid Tech fitted the wrong kind of hose, while Weldlok failed to carry out a risk assessment.

Fluid Tech was fined $95,000 and Weldlok $60,000.

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