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An engineer may well decide to claim personal injury compensation after an accident at work resulted in him requiring surgery to amputate one of his thumbs.
Terence Grove's thumb on his right hand was crushed when a steel plate weighing half a ton fell onto it from a crane when a rope sling suspending the item in the air snapped.
The damage caused to the 55-year-old's thumb last summer was irreparable, meaning he subsequently needed an operation to remove it.
At the time of the accident, Mr Grove was working as a mechanic at the Stourbridge depot of the M I Engineering Company and he now finds it hard to conduct everyday activities such as dressing himself and holding a pen.
His employer admitted breaking the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in a case heard at Dudley Magistrates' Court, meaning Mr Grove could seek civil damages for his ordeal.
Posted by Helen Jones
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