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Barry Kelleher lost the little finger and part of the palm on his right hand and subsequently needed two skin graft operations due to an incident that occurred while he used a metal press at premises owned by Crane Ltd in St Helens in January this year.
The 47-year-old was using the equipment to mould pieces of metal and although he cannot remember the accident, it is thought likely that he mistakenly pressed the foot pedal while his hand was near its rotating parts.
Mr Kelleher had to take seven weeks off work and his employer - which was founded in 1855 - has admitted to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
He said: "While I was off work, I struggled with many day-to-day activities and this was very depressing. I felt I would never get back to normal."
Posted by Francesca Witney
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