Hand injury may lead to compensation

Compensation may be pursued by a woman after an accident at work caused her to suffer a serious hand injury.

The anonymous 32-year-old lost three fingers and the thumb on her right hand during an incident while working for Downland Bedding - a firm established in 1946 - in Liverpool in January last year.

At the time of the accident, the employee was attempting to prevent a quilt from getting entangled in a duvet-making machine when her hand came into contact with the equipment's moving blades.

Her digits were subsequently sewn back on at hospital but doctors do not yet know whether or not she will ever regain full movement in the affected area.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that workers had not been given proper training on how to use this machine.

Nanette Cox, inspector at the HSE, observed: "The quilt often became jammed in the machine but there were no procedures or written instructions on how to safely remove it."

Posted by Emily SwansonADNFCR-1500-ID-801317834-ADNFCR

14/03/2012 16:27