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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Health and Safety News

    Food factory worker wins £4k after being injured by a metal pipe

    By David Brown on November 13, 2014

    Food factory worker Jonathan Wain has won a cash payout of £4,000 after being injured by a metal pipe while at work. The accident occurred at Premier Foods Bakery in Trent Vale where Mr Wain was employed and resulted in a severe head wound which required three stitches.

    Mr Wain was asked to clean a cage in the mixing bay where he normally worked when a stainless steel pipe struck him as he closed the door.

    The pipe had not been properly secured causing Mr Wain to be rushed to hospital suffering from dizziness, blurred vision and concussion.

    The claimant required hospital treatment and seven weeks off from his job at the factory. Mr Wain was told that the steel bar should have had a seal on it which would have prevented the accident.

    The bakery took action after the incident to ensure that all pipes were fitted with the rubber seals but, during the case, it was found that the bakery should have conducted maintenance checks on the machines to avoid the incident.

    Mr Wain suffered pain and the injuries impacted his life for several weeks thereafter. He was awarded more than £4,000 in compensation as a result of the workplace injury.

    Workplace related injuries

    Employers have a duty of care to their employees which means that they must carry out risk assessments regularly to protect their workers from harm. The risk must be assessed and controls put in place to reduce the hazard or, where possible, remove the hazard.

    Health and safety training should be provided and maintenance checks should be made regularly on machinery. If this is not carried out, there is a risk that an employee will suffer an injury.

    If you have suffered a workplace injury that is someone else’s fault, you could be entitled to compensation.

    Source: Stoke Sentinel

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