Blog posted: 13th November 2012
Stockport toolmaker achieves £450,000 payout for accident at work:
A toolmaker sustained terrible injuries to his hand when he suffered an accident at work at a factory in Stockport, UK. David Taylor was hospitalised for some days as a result of the damage to his right hand after using it to shield himself when a heavy tool he was moving slipped from its supporting sling. He lost parts of every finger on his left hand and endured an 18 hour operation at Wythenshawe Hospital. He is currently awaiting a further operation to graft tissue from a toe onto his thumb.
Mr Taylor's employer Renold Chain of Bredbury, Stockport admitted liability when he successfully pursued a workplace accident claim against them. He was paid £450,000 compensation by the factory's insurers.
Employees who been injured at work need a specialist accident solicitor to pursue work injury claims on their behalf. Employers should have rigorous health and safety procedures in place to prevent injury to their employees; however the number of accidents at work in the UK continues to be at an unacceptably high level.
Mr Taylor could have been much more seriously injured, or worse. Had he not put his hand out to save himself from the force of the tool it would have made contact with his body and not just his hand. Thousands or people every year are injured at their workplace every year, and some like Mr Taylor find it very difficult to return to work because their injuries are significant.
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