Worker’s Finger Caught in Chain Belt on Production Line
18 August 2016
A four-figure settlement was paid to a worker for expenses and financial loss as a result of a workplace accident involving a production line.
Slater and Gordon Lawyer: Joanne Markham is a personal injury lawyer at the Slater and Gordon offices in Sheffield.
What Happened: Our client was at work on a production line. Leeks were travelling down the line to be checked before being packed. At the time of the accident, a leek fell down a gap in the line, causing the line to stop working.
As our client went to pick up the leek so that the line could continue to move, his right ring finger became caught between a perforated, automated chain belt and a metal sheet. There were no guards on the machine and in any event there should have been no gaps in the machine that the leeks could fall down.
Impact: A medical report was obtained which confirmed that he sustained a crushing type injury to the tip of his right ring finger, which caused a nail avulsion and a fracture of the tuft of the distal phalanx. A new nail had grown but it was in-grown and he is at risk of infection.
How Slater and Gordon Helped: Along with obtaining the aforementioned medical report, we were instructed to pursue a claim to recover losses and expenses that were incurred by the injury.
The company admitted responsibility.
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