Bradford man may lose leg following accident at work

A man from Bradford may need to have his foot and lower leg amputated after an accident at work more than a year ago.

51 year old David Wain suffered serious workplace injuries when a 1.5 tonne pallet of tin plates fell onto his right lower leg and foot when he was employed at Emballator UK Ltd.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated following the accident at work and identified a number of safety failings.

Mr Wain was a coating assistant at the Bradford factory, which manufactures tin cans. He was told to use an older machine to turn the bulk tin plate as a fault had developed on the commonly used, more modern, pallet turner.

Mr Wain had no experience of using the older machine and a colleague gave him a demonstration of how to use it, and how to load the pallets for turning.

He used a forklift truck to lift the pallet of plates, loaded the machine in the way he had been shown, which involved wedging the load with empty pallets, and switched it on.

After the machine turned 180 degrees, Mr Wain saw the plates and pallets moving. He tried to get out of the way but the full load spilled out of the machine in a weighty waterfall and trapped his foot against the floor.

Part of his big toe was severed and the sole of his foot was split. Surgeons successfully reattached the next two toes and Mr Wain had plates and put in his ankle and screws into his lower leg.

He was in hospital for 11 days.

Since the accident at work, Mr Wain has been housebound and unable to walk without crutches. He has been informed by the hospital that his foot and lower leg may need to be amputated.

The HSE found that Emballator UK Ltd failed to provide safe equipment or a safe system of work. There was no clamping mechanism to hold the pallet of metal plates within the rotating machine. There was also no guarding to keep operators from the machine whilst it was in use.

In addition to this, the firm had not identified risks involved with using the older machine and Mr Wain was not supervised whilst using the machine for the first time. No check were undertaken to ensure that he understood the risks and the precautions he needed to take.

Vicki Wright, expert personal injury lawyer at Swain & Co Solicitors says, “As a result of a company’s failure in their duty to their employee, a man has suffered life changing workplace injuries.”

“Everyone deserves to go to work and return home from work safely. Employers have a responsibility to ensure that this happens.”

“Failures to do so can result in people being seriously injured and suffering life changing injuries, as is the case here.”

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident at work, Vicki Wright and Melanie Lidstone Land are happy to offer you a free initial consultation to discuss the possibilities of making a claim against your employer.

We can work on a no win no fee basis for you.

So call Vicki or Melanie for free on 0800 0351 999