Life Changing Injuries For Cornwall Worker
An amputation injury is traumatic to hear about, never mind experiencing it.
These types of injuries however are not uncommon in the UK. These injury types often occur in dangerous working environments and industries which utilise heavy machinery.
Lack of Training
Unfortunately these incidents are not just down to bad luck. They are commonly due to negligence and failings surrounding:
- Appropriate PPE
- Sufficient Training on Equipment
- Poor Processes and Procedures to Protect Workers
A lack of training on this occasion has led to life changing injuries for a self-employed worker in Cornwall.
In June 2017 the contracted worker was completing ground works at a new building in Bodmin when a disc cutter “kicked up” lacerating his arm. Following many failed operations the worker unfortunately required his arm amputating by October 2017.
The HSE reported that the worker had not received sufficient training on the equipment and the work had not been planned or assessed for risks.
Conclusive Health & Safety Breach
The construction company was found guilty of breaching Section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They have since been fined an eye watering sum of £250,000 and ordered to pay costs of £100,000.