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Factory owners fined for work-related accident

A father whose arm was crushed in a work-related accident may be able to make a compensation claim against his employer now magistrates have decided the firm broke health and safety laws.

The 32-year-old Peterborough man suffered serious personal injury to his left arm and tore cartilage in his left knee as a result of the accident at a leather-working factory.

The Health and Safety Executive, which investigated the industrial accident, said there were a lack of adequate safety guards on dangerous parts of the fabric winding machine and suitable risk assessments had not been carried out.

At the city's magistrates' court, the firm admitted the two safety offences and was fined £13,500 with £5,000 costs.

The victim of the factory accident said his employer had been supportive while he recovered from his injuries.

He said: "As an agency worker they didn't have to pay me sick pay but they did and they took me back on as an employee in April on light duties.

"At the end of the day until something like this happens to you, you don't think about hurting yourself at work."

It has not been revealed if he will be consulting a solicitor about making a work-related accident compensation claim as a result of the court decision.


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