A 58-year-old Surrey woman who lost four fingers after an incident at work was awarded a five figure sum at court. She suffered extensive crush and burn injuries to her right hand when it was drawn into a machine at the laundry services company where she worked and the damaged fingers and part of her hand were subsequently amputated. Since this traumatic incident at work she has been unable to do many of the things she enjoyed such as riding a bike and baking cakes.
The employer pleaded guilty after the Health & Safety Executive launched an investigation which found the front finger-guard on the industrial feed-in ironing machine had not been properly adjusted for the task of hand-feeding linen duvet. This meant the gap was too wide and offered inadequate protection for workers’ hands from the dangerous moving parts.
An incident at work can be life changing
Every year people are injured whilst going about their work in shops, restaurants, offices, warehouses, vehicles and other locations. Even companies with excellent health and safety records can err in their responsibility due to human oversight, though the odds of this happening are very low. Sadly, as in this case, failure to ensure potentially hazardous machinery is properly guarded can result in serious injuries. Such a major incident at work can have life changing consequences. No two accidents are the same, but some can need extensive medical treatment and result in long periods off work, creating significant financial, practical and emotional hardship.
Have you been involved in an incident at work?
If you’re seeking compensation for an accident at work during the last three years, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500. You could have a chance to make a no win, no fee* claim for compensation – in other words, if you don’t win your claim, you won’t have to pay anything for our services. If we believe you have a good chance of winning we promise our friendly, experienced team will help you through the entire process. Don’t be nervous of calling our free 24/7 enquiry helpline for no nonsense advice with no obligation. In the vast majority of cases we process, claimants don’t ever need to go to court, and to make it even easier for you we’ve installed a 30-second online claim calculator on our website.
Source: Get Surrey
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown