An engineering worker is pursuing an injury compensation claim against his employer after he suffered horrific crushing injuries in his workplace.
Joseph Pathmananthan, 61, was working at the Cannon Hygeine factory in Belham when a towel became jammed in a conveyor belt, prompting Mr Pathmananthan and a colleague to try to release it, the Wandsworth & Putney Guardian reports.
A faulty piece of machinery weighing 80kg fell on to him from the apparatus, causing fractures to his femurs, tibia, ribs and spine.
An investigation found that Mr Pathmananthan had been given temporary health and safety duties at the facility, despite the fact that he had not received adequate training for the role.
He is now seeking an injury compensation from his employer OCS Group, which has also been fined GBP 80,000 and ordered to pay court costs.
It follows news that North Kent Shotblasting in Northfleet has been fined after an employee was crushed by an unsecured metal plate.