16 May 2007
Woman seeks six-figure compensation for arm severed in workplace
A woman whose arm was sliced off to the elbow while she was cleaning machinery in her workplace could be in line for six-figure compensation.
Nicola Bauckham, 27, suffered the injury while working as a laboratory assistant at polymer manufacturing company AEI Compounds' factory premises in Gravesend in Kent on 19th July.
She had been told by her superiors that she must keep the grinding machine in operation while she was cleaning it.
However, while removing the machine's protective cover, her glove became caught in the mechanism, whereupon she sustained the injury to her limb.
Ms Bauckham was subsequently rushed to hospital for treatment and has suffered flashbacks and mental damage meaning that she has not returned to work since.
AEI has admitted two counts of negligence over the case relating to its failure to ensure the safety of its employees.
The company has already paid Ms Bauckham an interim payment of £10,000.
Following a decision by the magistrates that their powers were insufficient to deal with the case, proceedings will now be transferred to the Crown Court in Maidstone.