03 October 2008
Polish farm worker wins compensation after suffering injury
A Polish farm worker who suffered damage to his fingers has secured a payout, it has been revealed.
According to reports in the Northern Echo, Pawel Piasecki has received an undisclosed sum in compensation from the insurance firm which provides cover for the farm's owners.
The 20-year-old had been cutting wood at the property, which is situated in the north Yorkshire village of Swinithwaite, when the accident happened.
He was attempting to apply lubricant to the blade of an unguarded saw while it was still moving.
Mr Piasecki suffered the loss of the middle finger of his left hand and his ring finger was cut down to a stump.
Commenting on the case, Charlie Callis from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said: "This young man was shown how to use this machine and then very much left to get on with it. He believed he was meant to lubricate the blade while it was moving."
According to figures cited by the HSE, there were 274,000 reportable injuries suffered by UK workers in 2006-07.