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Cutting Machinery Work Accident

We acted for a young man called Ben who sustained quite severe bruising and abrasions to his right arm whilst attempting to unblock a piece of cutting machinery at work. Our client was employed by a company that made PVC window frames and was in the process of going about the course of his work duties preparing the frames when the accident happened.

Details Of The Accident

The machine was known to Ben and his work colleagues as a 'V-notcher' and was effectively used to cut into the PVC frames to prepare them for the panes of glass that would subsequently be inserted. Whilst Ben had unofficially been shown how to clear any blockages on the machine it transpired that he had never received formal training on this and had also never been provided with any appropriate work equipment to assist him with the unblocking of the machine.

Ben had made sure that the machine was switched off at the mains and asked a work colleague to keep the 'teeth' of the machine open by means of depressing a button at the far end of the machine. This was supposed to enable him to get his hand into the machine to clear out the loose bits of PVC. Unfortunately Ben's work colleague let go of the button whilst his arm was still in the machine and the injury was caused.

The Successful Claim

The claim against our client's employer was brought on the basis not only that Ben had not received any or any adequate training, but also that the employer had allowed an unsafe system of work to develop. An early admission of liability was received and shortly thereafter Ben received compensation totalling several thousand pounds in settlement of his claim for his injury, losses and expenses.

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