A man working in an Essex kebab shop received serious hand injuries while cleaning one of the shop’s pieces of machinery.
The man was cleaning a derinding machine when he noticed some food residue lodged in the ‘stripper comb’. He reached into the machine in an attempt to remove it but his hand was pulled in and caught between two sharp, moving pieces of machinery.
He was unable to reach the switch to turn off the machine so called out for colleagues to help while his hand continued to be trapped.
The accident caused major injuries to his hand including the loss of some of his knuckles and flesh as well as vein and tendon damage. He stayed in hospital for over two weeks and underwent a series of operations to rebuild his hand including a skin graft taken from his leg.
The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and found that the company, had not put in place any guards on the machinery despite knowing there was a danger to workers’ fingers and hands. It also said that training was conducted randomly and there were no notices to employees of how they would manage the risks.
HSE Inspector, Julie Rayner, who had been tracking the case said that the incident was ‘wholly unavoidable’. She said: “From the victim’s point of view his life has been destroyed. He is unable to go back to work. He is unable to use his hand and only has about 10 percent range of movement in it. His whole life has been affected and he relies on his wife for many of the tasks of daily living.”
Workplace machinery accidents can often leave victims with severe damage to parts of their body that help them carry out everyday tasks and perform their job.
If you have had an injury at work that was not your fault then you could be able to make a compensation claim. Your injuries may be classed as minor or major; whatever the extent, if you have suffered pain, loss of amenity and/or have been unable to work then you have a right to pursue a claim.
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Published on 16th February 2015.