A routine road resurfacing operation led to an arm amputation when a worker fell foul of a machine’s moving parts. Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the circumstances that led to the tragedy on the A1001 in Hertfordshire. The victim was preparing machinery for scattering stone chips across asphalt. The 53-year-old was manipulating the spreader when his arm became tangled in moving parts. Medical staff were forced to amputate his arm and he has been unable to return to work.
The HSE issued a detailed report that pointed the finger of blame firmly at the construction firms who had arranged for the labourers to work on that part of the road system. Altogether, fines amounting to £400,000 were imposed. It was found that although a risk assessment document had been in place, it was for a completely different spreading machine. Training had been minimal amongst the team of workers, with the victim not having received any at all. Additionally, there were no manuals issued to the workforce, nor any instructions restricting its use to experienced personnel only.
The consequences of an arm amputation
Losing a limb is an intensely debilitating experience that can have life-changing consequences for the victim. Manual workers rely on their arms to operate equipment, so the loss of an arm will often mean that the victim has to train to do something completely different. Losing a limb is surely one of the most traumatic experiences a person can have. While they are recuperating, they often experience panic attacks or other symptoms of mental distress. Such an injury will not just a person’s work life or career, but every aspect of their future lives.
Top legal advice
Serious injuries can have a life-long effect on the victims, both physically and mentally. If you would like to investigate whether or not you might be due some recompense for the duress you have suffered, your best bet would be to have suitably qualified legal experts looking into your situation. This can be easily arranged if you phone Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. We will ensure that our team of compensation claims solicitors examine your circumstances, with a view to possibly recommending action. With Esther Rantzen as our patron, our company have been successful in this field for over 15 years.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown