Hand injuries could lead to compensation

Severe hand injuries suffered during an accident at work could result in a factory employee taking legal action for compensation.

The unnamed 43-year-old sustained a 6.5-inch laceration to his left hand and crush injuries to two fingers when his arm was pulled into a machine as he worked at premises owned by Hi-Tech Steel Services in St Helens in June last year.

At the time of the incident, the professional was attempting to temporarily fix the equipment - which produces reels of this metal strips - while it was still running by taping up one end of it.

However, his hand then came into contact with the moving parts of the machine, leaving him with severe injuries.

During a case at St Helens Magistrates' Court, Hi-Tech - a firm with more than 100 employees nationwide - pleaded guilty to two health and safety offences.

Christina Goddard of the Health and Safety Executive said: "He was lucky not to have lost part of his hand, or to have suffered permanent damage to the nerves, blood vessels or tendons."

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02/05/2012 16:40