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Compensation news – Man lost three fingers and part of thumb in accident at work

04th July 2012

The man had been helping to build a garage at a house in Telford, Shropshire and was cleaning one of the machines being used when the incident took place.

He was handling a hopper pump, which is used to spread concrete, when he lifted an automatic locking grill to clean the mechanism inside. As he did this a swinging tube within the pump moved, trapping and crushing his fingers in the machine.

He was taken to hospital where three of his fingers and half of the thumb on his right hand had to be amputated due to the severity of the injuries.

The company which had supplied the concrete pump and the man’s employers, who owned the machine, were both fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

An HSE inspector stated, “The employee will see his injuries every day and have to change the way he lives for the rest of his life. A safe, compliant machine and simple safety checks would have meant the incident would never have occurred.

“Both the supplier and user of the machine had a duty to ensure they were safe and that the critical parts were assessed and the appropriate measures were taken.”

The worker has since received an undisclosed amount of accident at work compensation which may be used to pay medical expenses or recoup lost earnings.

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