22 May 2009
Man awarded £50k compensation over workplace injury
A man who suffered serious damage to his arm while working in a factory has been awarded a payout.
Engineer David Cotterrill was conducting routine maintenance work on a bottle-making machine when the accident occurred.
He slipped in oil and water which had collected on the factory floor and caught his sleeve in the device.
His arm was subsequently pulled into the machine, causing him to sustain injuries which meant he had to take three months off work.
The 29-year-old travelled to France in order to have specialist treatment which is not available in the UK.
Recently, his employers, the Silver Spring Mineral Water Company - which was established in 1870 - admitted liability and settled out of court.
Mr Cotterrill received £50,000 in compensation.
He stated: "I am relieved that I have finally had surgery on this injury and that the claim has come to an end. The money will help me to pay my medical bills. I now look forward to getting my life back on track."