Man Lost Four Fingers in Preventable Work Accident

Hand injury to lead to compensation claim 2449

A serious hand injury sustained during an accident at work could lead to a man claiming compensation from his employers' liability insurance company.

The unnamed 46-year-old employee was left with only the thumb on his left hand fully intact during an accident while he was workingfor Schlegel Automotive Europe in Coalville in March 2010.

At the time of the accident, the man was clearing a blockage around the nozzle of a 20-tonne injection-moulding machine when the equipment got pushed through his hand.

He was rushed to hospital where he later had to have all four fingers removed and now has trouble completing everyday tasks. The man has also yet to return to work.

Dr Richenda Dixon, inspector at the Health and Safety Executive said, "This was a work accident that was just waiting to happen. The guard should have been interlocked to prevent workers being able to access dangerous hot moving parts of the injection moulder."

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24/02/2012