Statistics have come to light regarding the number of accidents and similar incidents that have occurred in schools in the Flintshire area of Wales in the previous academic year. One of these involved a teacher who ended up having a finger amputated following an accident he had while chasing youths. They had stolen a ball from the teacher’s school and while they escaped the man slipped and caught his finger while trying to get over a fence and give chase.
There were over 2,500 separate incidents that occurred during this year, one of which was this man’s finger amputation. A council officer pointed out the injury was not caused by a lack of Health and Safety. Of the total number of incidents and accidents that occurred, 50 were reported to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive). The total figure amounted to 2,584, which was an increase of 282 over the previous year.
The vast majority of the incidents involved pupils – some 2,314 in total. The next largest figure was for 259 employees who were injured in some way, while members of the public only accounted for seven of the statistics. Just four contractors were hurt during the entire year.
How serious can a finger injury be?
We use our fingers every single day in a variety of ways but we tend to vastly underestimate the tasks we need them for. While not all finger injuries result in having to have a finger amputated as was the case here, clearly there can be nasty injuries that result in serious damage being incurred.
Losing a finger can change the way you use that entire hand, depending on the finger that is lost. Sometimes an injury is so severe the finger cannot be saved, and this is what happened in this situation.
Do you need professional no-obligation advice today?
The first thing you should think about doing if you have had a finger (or any other body part) injured in an accident is to contact Accident Advice Helpline.
Obviously medical help will be first on the list but you then have the task of working out whether you were at fault for the accident or whether someone else was at fault.
AAH can help you determine the answers. Call us now on our free 24/7 enquiry line to find out more information and to see whether compensation could be a possibility.
Source: Leader Live
Date Published: November 19, 2014
Author: David Brown