A COMPANY director is set to stand trial after an employee at a woodworks was scalped in an industrial accident.

Paul Carney, of Springburn Gardens in Woolston, denies breaching health and safety regulations in relation to the incident in June 2016.

Factory worker Karolina Lubiniecka was scalped during the accident after her hair became trapped in a machine on the production line at Cheshire Mouldings and Woodturnings Ltd in St Helens.

She also lost her left ear and the thumb on her left hand, and has been left visually impaired since suffering the injuries on a Weinig 2020 machine.

While the firm admitted health and safety offences at Liverpool Crown Court, 49-year-old company director Carney pleaded not guilty to two charges.

He denies failing to ensure that the injured employee was protected from risks in the workplace, and will now stand trial for up to seven days in June next year.

Founded in Warrington in 1988, Cheshire Mouldings and Woodturnings Ltd moved to St Helens 10 years later and produces joinery products including stairs, balustrades and decking.