A crewman who had to have his left hand amputated after an accident at work in the Outer Hebrides was not fully trained.
That is according to a report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) into the incident aboard the scallop dredger Wanderer II on 19 November 2013, which happened one mile south-east of Wiay Island.
The 18-year-old junior deckhand was helping the relief skipper tip the starboard dredges using the trawl winch’s starboard whipping drum when his glove and hand became trapped between the rope and the drum.
Unable to save hand
He was initially taken to Uist and Barra Hospital and then airlifted to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where surgeons were not able to save his left hand.
It is unclear whether the relief skipper, who had been tipping the starboard dredges alone, asked the junior deckhand to go to the winch, or if the junior deckhand told the relief skipper he was going to the winch.
The teenager reportedly used over three full turns around the whipping drum and was then attempting to surge the tipping rope by pushing against the direction of drum rotation when his hand became trapped.
The MAIB has issued recommendations to Wanderer II’s owner aimed at further improving the safety of winch operations on board after it found that the injured man was untrained in the use of whipping drums.
It has also made recommendations to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Fishing Industry Safety Group designed to improve guidance on the safe operation of winches and other deck machinery.
A number of modifications have been made to Wanderer II since the accident.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make a compensation claim if you are injured in an accident at work.
How much money you receive depends on the type and severity of the injury. Loss of one hand, as in this case, is usually between £70,000 and £90,000. Injuries to your dominant hand result in greater compensation.
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