Accident at work to result in compensation claim?

An accident at work that left a worker with a seriously damaged hand could lead him to launch a compensation claim.

Antony Capewell was signed off work for six months after an incident at Ultra Kennels in Staffordshire in May 2011, in which he cut off the index finger and lacerated the thumb and middle digit on his left hand.

Mr Capewell - who was 22 years old at the time of the incident - was using a circular saw at the company's site in Chesterton to create angular cuts of timber, but did not use any of its supports to guide the wood through safely.

However, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive established that he had not been given any employee training on how to use a table saw properly.

Katherine Blunt of the body said the accident was "entirely preventable", adding: "Unsuitable safeguards and lack of training are widely known to be responsible for high incident rates."

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28/06/2012 16:15