Finger amputated after lifting accident at work

Finger amputation to lead to damages claim 2293

Personal injury compensation could be sought by a man after an accident at work left him requiring a finger amputation.

John Hughes needed to have the index finger on his right hand amputated after a lifting operation at premises owned by Caledonian Building Systems in Nottinghamshire went wrong.

At the time of this incident in February 2009, Mr Hughes was helping a forklift driver to raise a modular building unit weighing 11 tonnes onto a lorry when one end of the load came down on his fingers.

The professional subsequently had to take 12 weeks off work and, in a case heard at Nottingham Magistrates' Court, Caledonian has admitted breaching the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.

This means Mr Hughes could now decide to claim compensation from the company.

Recently, an unnamed 52-year-old worker suffered fractures in two fingers and a twisted knuckle during an accident while working for Amber Composites.

Posted by Emily Swanson

14/11/2011