Severed finger may lead to damages

A compensation claim could be lodged against a Midlands company after an employee lost a finger in an accident at work.

During this incident at premises owned by Stoke-on-Trent-based firm Scott Timber in January last year, an anonymous 42-year-old professional severed his finger while operating a circular saw.

As a result of this accident, the man had to take several months away from work and, during a case heard at Stoke Magistrates' Court, he indicated the trauma of this accident still affects him now.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into how this happened found that the top guard on the machine had been removed, while the employee had also not been given sufficient training on how to operate the saw properly.

Katharine Walker, inspector at the HSE, commented: ""This incident was wholly preventable. If the company had put the appropriate precautionary measures ... it simply would not have happened."

Posted by Emily Swanson ADNFCR-1500-ID-801363648-ADNFCR

15/05/2012 16:17