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    Health and Safety News

    Metalworking lathe injury sees engineering firm in court

    By David Brown on May 12, 2015

    Metalworking lathe injury sees engineering firm in court

    A firm based in Aberdeenshire has found itself in court after a Polish worker received injuries while working on a lathe at their premises. The business, Macduff Shipyards Limited, employed Mariusz Toporek, living in Macduff, to work in its precision engineering department. He was using a lathe when he received the metalworking lathe injury.

    Experts in industrial injuries have dealt with many cases of this nature in the past. Accident Advice Helpline are just one of the businesses who have experienced dealing with these cases. Injuries caused in industrial workplaces are rare, but they can be severe for those who suffer them.

    Nasty hand injury

    The incident occurred when Mr Toporek changed the remote setting of the lathe to manual so that he could finish the pins of the piece by hand. He was using an emery cloth and wore gloves to finish it off. However, the cloth became caught in the lathe and his gloved hand was pulled into it as a result. He suffered a fractured bone in his hand and also strained the tendons in two fingers. He required four weeks’ off work.

    A hand injury can require some recovery before the hand is able to be used again. We have encountered cases in which people have lost money through not being able to work after being injured in their workplace. Some have been able to win compensation as a result of the injury.

    Health and Safety Executive investigation

    As is often the case, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated this case. They discovered that there was no assessment of the risks involved in the department’s work. The operations manager in charge was also found to have little knowledge of health and safety and no proper training in order to be able to carry out his role properly.

    Injuries may warrant compensation to be paid if negligence can be proven to be the cause of such injuries. To find out whether this is true in your case, a call to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 may be in order. Call us now or take the free 30-second online test to enter your details and discover whether a compensation claim could be possible. Don’t suffer in silence when you may actually have a very good case to make in your situation – it doesn’t cost a thing.

    Source: Health and Safety Executive 

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    Date Published: May 12, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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