A 56-year-old man had a serious accident whilst operating a 160-tonne power press at work. Due to the fact that the machine was incorrectly guarded, the unnamed man’s hand was crushed after being caught in the machine. He was removing pieces of finished metal and accidentally hit the foot pedal. As a result, his injuries required serious medical attention and half of the man’s palm, along with three and a half fingers, were amputated. Nuneaton magistrates learned that the offending machine had recently undergone maintenance and a set of guards had been incorrectly adjusted and set. The life-changing injuries were ruled to be a result of this breach of the Health and Safety Work Act 1974. His employers, RSM Industries Ltd, were fined £8,000 with £11,300 costs. Over 40,000 injuries occur each year in the UK and they may have been preventable if due care and attention were displayed at an earlier time. The Nuneaton man is now unable to return to work and has already spent 35 hours in surgery and is still receiving treatment for his injuries due to the incorrectly-guarded machine.
Have you had a similar accident in the workplace?
If you have sustained injuries due to an accident that was the result of an incorrectly-guarded machine or similar, you may be able to make a claim for financial compensation. These types of injuries can cause horrific damage as well as serious loss of potential earnings. Your employer has a duty of care to all employees and if there is possible evidence that your accident occurred due to negligence, you should call Accident Advice Helpline right away. Any type of accident that occurs in the workplace needs to be carefully examined for any signs of negligence and if this is the possible reason for that accident, there could be a case for financial compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline can help
Since 2000 we have been helping the UK public make successful claims for financial compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has a nationwide team of expert solicitors who are ready to hear how your workplace accident was caused. We will offer you no-obligation advice and our solicitors always operate on a 100% no win, no fee* basis. Please call us on our free 24-hour helpline for some friendly and expert advice now. You can also try our 30-second online claims calculator to learn how much money you may be able to claim if your accident was the result of possible negligence in the workplace.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown