A workplace accident last month at Mobis Slovakia in Teplička nad Váhom, near Žilina, in which an experienced Korean worker was killed by a high-pressure injection press used to make plastic bumpers, could have been avoided, according to labour inspectors. The company violated workplace safety by allowing its employees to use wooden planks to operate the press, thereby bypassing safety devices.
"It was clearly discovered that the cause was on the side of the organisation; it was a tolerated and dangerous way of working. Since there was no direct witness who could have seen how the accident happened, we based our investigation on testimonies, photos, and documents presented by the employer. We found that the protection device for the high-pressure injection press was blocked due to the tolerated use of wooden planks by which the worker shortened the speed of some interference to the machine and that is why the protection device was broken. Had it not been broken, such a fatal work accident would not happen. Had the employer not tolerated this dangerous way of working the accident would not have happened," Rudolf Kubica, the chief labour inspector of the Žilina Inspectorate told the SITA newswire.
The employer will be penalised for the fatal injury, the amount being decided by a five-member commission within one month. Mobis Slovakia did not comment on the conclusions of the inspection as the factory is currently on vacation.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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3. Aug 2010 at 17:00