A worker who was left with a severed arm after an industrial accident has found himself unable to return to work. In the incident on 30th April 2014, the 39-year-old employee was working at Glenholme Nursery and was trying to feed fibre sheeting through a machine, when his glove became tangled in the machinery. The machine dragged his arm in and he suffered a severed arm. Although surgeons were able to reattach the limb, the man experiences no sensation or movement below the amputation site to this day.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out an investigation into the incident and found the vegetable nursery guilty of safety failings. They had failed to carry out a risk assessment on the machine and had also failed to put in place safe systems of work. The company was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay £862.25 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge, for breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
HSE inspector Paul Grover commented, “The failure to look thoroughly at the potential risks of this machine in operation and the absence of safe working procedures, resulted in a worker sustaining major, life-changing injuries under horrific circumstances. Employers have an absolute duty to ensure that they do everything reasonably practicable to ensure their employees are safe at work.”
Have you been injured at work?
Working with heavy machinery with moving parts doesn’t have to be dangerous, provided your employer takes steps to protect you at work. If you have suffered a life-changing injury that you believe your employer is to blame for, you may be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation. For example, if you have suffered loss of a limb after a crush injury – and no guards were in place on the machinery you were using – this could be classed as employer negligence. You’ll need to seek advice from a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
Claiming for an accident at work
However minor or severe your injuries, contact Accident Advice Helpline today to find out how we can help you claim compensation for an accident at work. It’s free to call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 and our team of professional personal injury lawyers are here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice. What’s more, we work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so even if you have suffered loss of earnings after your accident, our services are affordable. Why not get in touch today to find out more about making a claim?
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown