Injury compensation awarded following accident at work

An undisclosed personal injury compensation settlement has been awarded to an engineer who lost an arm during an accident at work.

Paul McNulty required surgery to amputate his left arm following an incident at a branch of electrical retailer Currys in the north-western town of Ashton under Lyne for Ascot Doors, the latter being a Bolton-based company established in 1982.

At the time of the accident in January 2009, Mr McNulty was mending a broken conveyor belt when his sleeve became caught in the mechanism, causing his arm to come into contact with a set of rollers.

In a subsequent case heard at Tameside Magistrates' Court, the firm admitted breaching regulations laid out in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was therefore fined.

The 34-year-old told the Manchester Evening News he endured "blinding pain" at the time of the incident, which left his limb irreversibly damaged.

"I knew straight away I was going to lose the arm," he added.

Posted by Helen Jones

18/05/2011 16:44