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A five-figure compensation sum has been awarded to a carpenter who sustained a serious hand injury during an accident at work.
According to the Surrey Comet, Jacek Rozanski sliced off part of his finger when using a woodcutting machine with a circular blade while he worked for Rosso Joinery in Battersea in July 2010.
Mr Rozanski took legal action against the company on the basis that he had only started work there some two weeks prior to the incident and had not been given sufficient training on how to use such equipment safely.
Consequently, the 57-year-old said he was unaware that the machine was supposed to have a guard, so did not tell anyone at the firm when he saw it did not have a protective screen fitted.
Rosso Joinery agreed an out-of-court damages settlement of £30,000 with Mr Rozanski, who had to have his middle finger amputated in a procedure at St George's Hospital in Tooting.
Speaking about the incident, the professional explained that the fingers on his left hand were pulled into the path of the spinning saw as soon as he began operating the machine.
"There was blood everywhere, I was screaming with pain and gripping my left hand with my right, shouting for help. My ring finger was very badly cut, and half the nail was missing," he noted.
Mr Rozanski went on to say that he was frozen by a combination of fear because he could "barely recognise" the end of his finger and the "excruciating pain" he was in.
Following the accident, the injured worker was unable to return to his job for eight weeks and, when he did go back, he only did so on a part-time basis before then being made redundant permanently two months later.
Since the incident, Mr Rozanski has also been fired from another carpentry firm in North London and blamed this on the fact that his work was too slow because he now has a significantly weaker grip in his left hand.
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