Accident at work may lead to compensation claim

An accident at work that left a man with a severed hand could result in him seeking personal injury compensation from his employer.

RDB Fabrication - a metal firm based in Bradford - may face a claim for damages from Jamie Raynor after the 22-year-old's left hand was amputated when his limb got caught in the top pressing part of a piece of hydraulic machinery.

An investigation into the incident found that it occurred when the equipment came down on his wrist because of a faulty mechanical guard that had broken and during a subsequent case heard at Halifax Magistrates' Court, RDB admitted breaching a clause of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 by not replacing it.

Therefore, Mr Raynor may be eligible for a compensation settlement for his ordeal and Paul Newton, inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, commented: "A young man has had his life changed forever by a terrible, avoidable accident."

Posted by Patrick White
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11/04/2011 16:58