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Nigel Gibbon, a security safe manufacturer who is 44 years of age, sustained the injury as he worked at Shropshire-based firm SMP Security while operating a flocking machine in order to fix soft lining to the safe.
Due to the fact that his employer did not carry out a proper risk assessment on the work, Mr Gibbon unwittingly used an adhesive to apply the nylon tape, which resulted in a flammable atmosphere being created inside the safe.
As a result, he sustained second degree burns to his left hand and wrist and now needs surgery in order to repair tendon damage on the limb, meaning that he may be eligible for a damages settlement for his ordeal.
According to figures collated by the Health and Safety Executive, 251 people suffered serious injuries at work in Shropshire in 2009-10.
Posted by Craig Williams
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