A 25 year old man has lost four fingers and severed parts of two others in an accident at work.
The man, who has asked not to be named, was working for Smurfit Kappa UK Ltd when both his hands became trapped in heavy machinery at their Whitehaven Factory in September 2010.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated and brought a prosecution against the firm.
The HSE found that the man had not received suitable training and was not properly supervised at the time of the accident at work.
He was working on a machine, known as a power press, which exerts force of up to 35 tonnes to stamp out metal lids for use at either end of cardboard tubes for whisky bottles.
The man was changing part of the machine used to produce the lids, and was testing it to ensure that it produced the correct size of lid. As he reached under the pressing tool to remove the lid, it stamped down on his hands.
He lost the little finger and the ring finger on his left hand, the ring and middle fingers on his right hand and severed his little finger and index finger to the second knuckle on his right hand.
Vicki Wright, personal injury specialist at Swain & Co Solicitors, says, “These injuries are severe, and will affect this man’s ability to perform everyday tasks, such as eating, writing and dressing; things we all take for granted.”
“This man had not had adequate training, neither did he have proper supervision to use this machine. As a result of his employer’s failures, his injuries will affect him for the rest of his life.”
If you have been injured in an accident at work that was not your fault, Vicki will be happy to offer you a free initial consultation to discuss the possibilities of making a claim against your employer.
She can work on a no win no fee basis.
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