A crushing machine which gave a North-east recycling centre worker an electric shock had been subject to “unauthorised maintenance”, a local authority has said.
Mick Swarbreck, 54, had to be taken to his local GP after the incident.
The machine at the Redcloak Waste and Recycling Centre in Aberdeenshire Council’s Stonehaven site was taken out of action.
Mr Swarbeck has now questioned the safety of the machine with his supervisors.
He said: “Someone is going to get killed. They clearly aren’t being maintained properly.
“I just remember the loud bang and feeling like I’d had a massive adrenaline rush.”
An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman confirmed that “staff have been carrying out unauthorised maintenance work on the machine” but said that it was “not thought to be the cause of the incident”.
He added: “Appropriate action is being taken to make sure this practice does not continue. Investigations into the incident and what caused it continue, however it seems to have been a static shock, rather than faulty machinery. “As a precaution the piece of machinery involved and other like it at other locations have been temporarily put out of service.”