18 Year old suffers serious hand injury in work accident

Hand injury may lead to compensation claim

A work accident in Redruth has left a young man with a serious hand injury. Lewis Maker severed part of his left hand as he operated a vertical panel saw to cut a piece of board while working for Frame Homes South West.

An investigation into the accident found that the man, who was 18 years old at the time, had been given limited training on how to use the machinery by his employer.

It was claimed that this act of negligence deemed to be the main reason why his hand got dragged into the moving part of the equipment.

In a subsequent case heard at Truro Magistrates' Court, Frame Homes admitted breaking the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Mr Maker can now claim compensation for his work accident witht the knowledge that his claim for damages is likely to succeed.

In a related Health and Safety at Work breach of regulations, an anonymous worker had his right index finger, thumb and the majority of his middle finger severed while operating a machine at a manufacturing firm in Bromsgrove.

04/07/2011