A man is set to receive compensation, after his hand was injured by a steel beam in an accident at work.
John Bell was working for DK Steel Erection when the accident occurred. He and a colleague were fitting a steel beam between two columns on a construction site.
The beam weighed around one tonne, and was hence lowered into place by a crane. Once in place, Mr Bell’s task was to tighten the beam securely to its position using a spanner. However, whilst he was doing this, the beam shot up into the air, causing him a serious hand injury.
His wrist, hand and fingers suffered deep cuts that damaged the ligaments and tendons. He underwent one operation to fit steel plates in his hand, and is facing another surgical procedure. Despite this, he was left in extreme pain, and was unable to work for two years. He also had to endure a lengthy course of physiotherapy, and will be left with permanent restricted movement in his hand.
Now, the Evening Chronicle is reporting that he is on the verge of securing a compensation payment from his former employers, who have reportedly admitted liability for the accident.