Worker claims compensation after losing arm

Worker claims compensation after losing arm 25703

A worker has claimed £5,000 in compensation after losing an arm in a work accident.

Domingos da Conceicao Freitas, 28, had to have his right arm amputated following an incident at the MSK Waste Management and Recycling centre in Barking, North London, on August 17th 2012.

Westminster Magistrates' Court was told by Health & Safety Executive (HSE) prosecutors that Mr Freitas was on a picking line used to sort waste when the accident took place.

A blockage occurred down the line and while his supervisor and other workers took a break, the man was told to clear the offending object.

As he did this his arm was caught in the roller - causing horrific injuries that led to the eventual loss of the 28-year-old's limb.

For its failure to establish a safe system of work, MSK Waste Management and Recycling was fined £10,000 and told to pay £5,944 in costs by a magistrate.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Gabriella Dimitrov said: "Mr Freitas has been left with a permanent, life-changing injury as a result of an incident that could easily have been avoided had the conveyor been properly guarded."

By Francesca Witney