Subject: Worker left with shattered jaw in accident at work
A recycling firm has been prosecuted after an employee had his jaw shattered into pieces when he was hit by a piece of plastic pipe. The pipe was some 50 cm long and 30 cm in diameter and 2 cm thick.
The work accident happened when the plastic piece was thrown out at high speed and struck him in his throat and under his chin. It broke both upper and lower jaw bones and burst his jaw hinges.
The man underwent several surgeries, including a bone graft from his hip, over the past four years to reconstruct his jaw. He still suffers from a continual feeling of ‘pins and needles’ caused by irreparable nerve damage, and has problems eating.
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