A furniture company has been fined after an accident involving a gluing machine left an employee injured.
The injury happened to a man – whose name has not been published – whilst he was working for Hammonds Furniture Ltd in February last year. At the company’s premises in Hinckley, he was working on a production line of furniture panels.
The machine the man was working on sprayed glue onto the furniture panels. It also used a roll of paper to catch the glue that was oversprayed. Whilst he was attempting to change one of these paper rolls, the man’s arm was accidentally pulled into the mechanism.
The man was trapped by his arm for 40 minutes until he could be freed by emergency services. The impact on his arm was immense and he fractured his forearm in three different places. The accident also had a psychological effect, leaving the man unable to stay in his position.
The HSE reports that last week, Hammonds Furniture Ltd were taken to court over the incident. Before the accident, the size of the rolls of paper used had increased. However, the company did not assess what risks this change in size would cause. They also did not train staff in a new method of changing the rolls.
A fine of £7,000 was issued to the firm last week at Leicester Magistrates’ Court.
A woman is suing a beauty salon after she suffered an allergic reaction to fake eyelashes.
Jane Rolfe had her first ever set of fake eyelashes fitted at the Debut Beauty Salon in Brentwood back at Christmas time 2011. However, after waking up the morning after having the lashes fitted, she felt soreness in her eyes.
Mrs Rolfe returned to the salon, where staff told her that this soreness would go away. However, her symptoms got worse and a visit to her GP resulted in her being prescribed steroids and antihistamines.
By this time, the salon could not take the eyelashes out because of the pain it was causing Mrs Rolfe. She eventually managed to take them out herself but suffered with vision impairment and soreness until she was given medication by staff at a specialist eye hospital.
Now, the Brentwood Gazette reports that she is making a compensation claim against the salon, arguing that she was not offered a patch test to look for allergies. The salon is reported to be denying liability and counter arguing that Mrs Rolfe refused a patch test and did not listen to their advice.
A woman, who slipped on a pool of water and knocked herself unconscious, has been awarded compensation of £37,000.
Sylvia McNicholl was on a two-week family holiday in Tenerife when the accident happened in May 2008. She was staying at the Fanabe Costa Sur hotel on the island, and was on just the first night of her break.
The accident occurred when she slipped on a pool of water that had leaked from a faulty air conditioning machine. The slip caused her to fall backwards and she struck her head on a cupboard door.
The impact to her head knocked her unconscious and had a lasting effect of her health. She had to have stitches on the wound and suffered from headaches and dizziness. The injury has left her with a permanently reduced sense of taste and smell.
The Daily Record reports that she has now received £37,000 in compensation after making a holiday accident claim against the tour operator, Thomas Cook. The payout covers earnings she has lost from being unable to work.
It was found that the air conditioning unit was not maintained in the way it was required to be by laws in Spain.
A lighthouse worker has been awarded £21,500 compensation after injuring her back whilst in a boat.
Rosemary Cairns was working as a finance assistant at the time of the accident in October 2009. She was paying a visit to the lighthouse on the Isle of May (located in the Firth of forth) to carry out an inventory check on equipment.
She was in a rigid inflatable boat as it set off from Pittenweem on its journey. As they approached the island, the sea became choppy and the waves became higher. The boat rode up on the waves a couple of times before slamming back down onto the water.
The first time this happened Mrs Cairns felt something in her back. On the second slam down she screamed out in agony as she felt pain in her back. She was taken to hospital and had to take 15 months off work with her back injury.
STV reports that she sought damages for her injury from both the owners of the boat and her employers the Northern Lighthouse Board.
A Judge in the case ruled that the speed the boat was travelling at (17 to 18 knots) was too fast for the sea conditions. This speed caused an increased risk in the boat slamming and was hence caused a foreseeable risk of injury to passengers.
It was also deemed that the safety briefing given by Calypso Marine – the owners of the boat – was inadequate because it did not relate the need for bracing when travelling.
It is reported that Mrs Cairns will now receive £21,500 compensation.
A man has been left with a serious arm injury after an industrial accident involving a slatwall machine.
Christopher Davidson was using the machine in his job at Design and Display Ltd in Elland, Yorkshire. The accident happened in February 2011 whilst Mr Davidson was making large wall panels.
Mr Davidson had experience using the slatwall machine to cut wall panels and had even trained colleagues on how to use the machine. However, the machine had problems before the accident that caused the chain to come off the rollers.
The problem happened again whilst Mr Davidson was using the machine, and so the maintenance team were called to fix the problem. When the machine restarted, he tried to pull a piece of tape from the front of the machine but his arm was pulled into the mechanism.
Design and Display Ltd have just been fined £2,000 in regards to the accident and breaking work equipment regulations. The risk assessment for the machine had reportedly missed the gap in which Mr Davidson placed his hand.
It was noted in court that the company had a previously exemplary safety record in its 23 years of trading. The machine was regularly checked for defects and staff were trained before operating it.
The injury Mr Davidson suffered in the accident has left him without movement in his right arm. The Halifax Courier reports that he is making a compensation claim against the company.
Insurance company, Churchill, have been given leave to appeal a compensation award to a young pedestrian hit by a car.
A High Court Judge had previously ruled in favour of 16 year old Bethany Probert in the case about an accident that happened in December 2009. She was walking home from a riding stable when she was struck by a car.
Ms Probert was wearing headphones and walking in the darkness on the country lane, but was stood on the grass verge when she was struck. She was thrown into a ditch by the car and the driver had to go back and find her.
Ms Probert suffered serious injuries in the accident that have caused lasting health problems. With the help of her family, she made a damages claim against the insurers of the car and a High Court hearing ruled that the incident was entirely the driver’s fault.
The BBC reports that the insurers have now been given leave to appeal the decision that their driver was wholly responsible. They are thought to be arguing that Ms Probert should have been wearing some form of high-visibility jacket whilst walking on the lane.
The appeal is now set to take place at a later date. Ms Probert is thought to be seeking compensation of over £3million to pay for her ongoing care.
A teenage worker lost five toes in an accident involving a wood chipper.
Connor Harfield was just 16 years old when the accident happened in September 2011. He was working for Calibra Tree Surgeons Ltd, and was just three weeks into his first ever job.
Mr Harfield was feeding waste shrubbery and tree stumps through a mobile wood chipper machine for his employers. He was using his foot to speed up the process, and had placed his right foot into the chute.
However, as he was doing this, his foot caught on the rollers that feed shrubbery into the chipper. This caused his foot to be pulled between the blades of the machine and he suffered a devastating injury.
Mr Harfield lost all the toes on his right foot in the accident. He also lost part of his foot and has been left with post traumatic stress disorder.
The HSE found that the wood chipper was poorly maintained and missing a safety bar at the bottom of the feed tube. The company kept the chipper in use despite knowing of this defect.
The HSE also found that the young worker was not adequately trained or supervised to use the dangerous machine.
A fine of £7,000 was issued to Calibra Tree Surgeons Ltd by Magistrates yesterday after they pleaded guilty to breaking work equipment and health and safety regulations in regards to the accident.
Compensation is reported to have been awarded after a woman suffered an electric shock from a defective freezer in a juice bar.
Julie Humphries was working at the Boost Juice Bar in the Meadowhall shopping centre, Sheffield, when the incident happened in February 2009. She was working behind the counter of the juice bar when she placed her hand on top of a freezer.
Mrs Humphries then suffered an electric shock that caused her injury. She was left with pain in her neck and shoulders and had to take a week off work to recover. She still is said to suffer from intermittent bouts of pain from the accident.
The Star reports that Mrs Humphries has made a successful compensation claim for her injuries. Her legal team apparently found that the manager knew of the fault on the freezer but failed to take any action. Appropriate action for the manager to take would have been to switch the freezer off and inform staff of the danger.
Boost Juice Bars Ltd reportedly settled the case out of court. The amount of compensation awarded for the electric shock injury has not been reported.
A ruling has been made in an accident involving a car and a schoolboy.
The long running legal battle is in regards to an accident that happened back in July 2002. Alan Dev Paramasivan was just 13 years old when he was struck by a Mercedes car in Leatherhead.
Mr Paramasivan suffered injuries to his leg and head in the impact. These injuries have been described as serious in their nature.
At court last year, it was decided that both Mr Paramasivan and the driver of the Mercedes were 50% responsible for the accident. This meant that he would receive up to £250,000 in compensation for his injuries.
However, this original decision was appealed, and a hearing is reported to have taken place in the Civil Appeal Court in London last week. The Judge ruled different to the original verdict, concluding that Mr Paramasivan was in fact 75% responsible for the accident himself.
The court heard that Mr Paramasivan ran into the road after throwing ice cream at his friend as a prank. The Judge ruled that this was careless and caused the hazard. However, the driver was also ruled partially responsible for failing to respond, albeit in the briefest of moments.
Your Local Guardian reports that the amount of compensation due in the case will be decided at a later date. Mr Paramasivan will receive 25% of what he would have received if the car driver was deemed wholly responsible for the incident.
A young girl is to receive compensation after falling down the stairs of her family home.
Annabelle Cotton-Hill broke her arm in the accident that happened two years ago, when she was just seven years old. She fell down the full length of stairs at the family home in Cumbria.
The injury kept her off school for a period of three weeks and her arm was in a sling for a total of two months.
The North West Evening Mail reports that a compensation claim was then made after the accident. Annabelle’s father had reportedly complained numerous times about the stairs to the landlord of the property. They were not fitted with a handrail despite the fact that they were steep and narrow.
After the accident had happened, an environmental health officer visited the house to look at the stairs. He subsequently recommended that a handrail was fitted on the stairs to make them safe.
The paper reports that the landlord negligence claim made on behalf of Annabelle has been successful, and will result in compensation being paid.