03 April 2015
Firm Fined After Worker’s Hand Crushed at Factory
Multinational company ThyssenKrupp has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker had his hand crushed at one of their factories.
A worker from Stourbridge was working at their Tyseley site carrying out maintenance on machinery when the accident happened. He was removing chocks that were holding up a pressure beam whilst the work was being carried out.
As soon as the chocks were removed the beam dropped and crushed his hand. He was off work for over three months and has been left with permanent damage.
His employer was found guilty of not providing workers with adequate information, instruction or training. The HSE also found that they failed to appropriately manage the site maintenance programme.
Your employer is responsible for your safety at work and it’s paramount that you get the right training and instruction before you start a job to prevent Accidents at Work. They are also responsible for assessing any risks so in this case they should have looked at the likelihood of the beam falling when the chocks were removed.
28.2million working days were lost due to work-related ill health or injury in the UK last year. And these are just those that were reported. Many minor injuries go unreported but can cause ongoing problems for those involved.
You shouldn’t suffer in silence if you have been hurt at work. It’s important to get legal advice to see if you can get help for any loss you may have suffered after an accident, injury or ill health due to your working environment.
You can claim compensation for a work accident injury whether you were working as a full time or part time employee, a temporary worker, a self-employed contractor or if you were just visiting a business at the time of the accident.
Employers are required by law to have valid Employers Liability insurance cover to protect people from workplace accidents. In most work accident claims the case for compensation is brought against the Employers’ Liability insurance company, and not the employer.
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