Wrist injury could see man launch compensation claim

Wrist injury could see man launch compensation claim

An accident at work that forced a man to take four months off due to a serious wrist injury could lead to him seeking damages.

Darren Gillard was employed by Euro Clad - an independent supplier of roofing and wall products established in 1981 - to manufacture metal panels when his hand became caught in the moving part of machinery at the firm's depot in Wentloog in April 2010.

The 46-year-old was attempting to clear a blockage that had caused the equipment to stop, but it started up again while he was doing so, therefore crushing his wrist.

He subsequently needed three operations, as well as having skin grafts and a metal plate inserted into the affected area.

Euro Clad has now admitted breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Act, meaning Mr Gillard may wish to pursue a compensation settlement.

Paul Cartwright, inspector at the Health and Safety Executive, observed: "The case demonstrates the importance of ensuring that machinery guards and protective systems remain effective."

Posted by Emily Swanson

11/08/2011 16:53