Compensation claim may be forthcoming after accident at work

An accident at work that left a man requiring surgery to amputate four fingers could lead to a manufacturing company facing a claim for personal injury compensation.

Allan Davis severely injured his right hand while operating a circular saw at a depot in Selby, Yorkshire, run by Record RSS, part of the global Playpower company which has several subsidiaries across the world.

The 55-year-old had been working for the firm for a period of 20 years before this incident, which occurred as he cut discs for a piece of playground equipment at the town's Shipyard Industrial Estate.

In a subsequent case heard at Selby Magistrates' Court, it was found that Mr Davis had been provided with inadequate machinery with which to complete this task, leading to the company admitting it had breached the Health and Safety At Work Act 1974.

Geoff Fletcher of the Health and Safety Executive said the accident at work had been "completely preventable".

Posted by Helen Jones

12/05/2011 16:51