£50,000 compensation for worker who lost thumb tip

  • September 26, 2018
  • Brian Bartlett, whose thumb tip was cut off in an accident at work, came to personal injury specialist Peter Savage at Medical Accident Group for help after health and safety failings at the timber company where he worked led to his injury.

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    Peter was able to negotiate £50,000 of compensation for Brian, aged 50, who was unable to work for three months after the accident and is now limited in his choice of work. He suffers pain in his thumb, especially in cold weather, and is limited in what he can do around the house and garden.

    Inadequate health and safety procedures

    He had only been working at the timber company for six days when the accident happened – he was using a bench circular saw to trim wood but had not been shown how to use the saw or adjust the measurement guide properly. He was given some gloves to wear, but no other protective equipment.

    He had to push the timber through the saw with his right hand, using his left hand as a guide. When the timber got close to the saw, he would use a push stick to finish the cutting process. The accident happened when the timber neared the saw blade and he moved to get the push stick; the timber flicked off the saw blade, and he immediately felt pain in his left thumb, saw that he had a hole in his glove and that he was bleeding,

    Emergency surgery needed

    When he removed his glove, he found that the top of his thumb had been sliced off. He was given first aid and taken to hospital. His thumb tip could not be re-attached, so he is now without the top 15mm of his left thumb.

    Peter said: “It the company had given him proper training or protective equipment, this terrible accident need never have happened. Working with tools such as a circular saw is inherently risky and dangerous, so a pair of gloves was never going to offer enough protection for any member of staff.

    “Brian has had flashbacks, gets pain in his thumb regularly and is much more limited in what he can do than he was before. He has two young children to support and the compensation I was able to negotiate for him will help him to plan for their future as well as his own.”

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