A Kent warehouse worker has received over £4000.00 compensation after losing the tip of his finger in an accident at work. Britain’s largest Trade Union, Unite, secured the compensation for its member, Keith Deehy, with specialist personal injury solicitors, Pattinson & Brewer.
Mr Deehy, from Erith, Kent, works with MBL Thamesmead as a warehouse worker. On the day of the accident, in May 2006, he was loading goods on to vehicles. As he attempted to close the roller shutter door of the vehicle, it moved forward trapping Mr Deehy’s fingers and slicing off the top of his left middle finger. Mr Deehy explains
“I was shocked by the accident. I was taken to Thames Valley Hospital and from there transferred to the specialist department at East Grinstead. My employers had found my finger, which was still on the handle to the door and they placed it in a bag. Unfortunately the hospital told me that my finger could not be sewn back on and instead they had to reshape and rebuild my finger. I was due to go on holiday a few days after this accident and this accident simply ruined my holiday”.
“This accident occurred due to a failure to maintain the roller door. Employers need to take responsibility for the health & safety of their staff and ensure that such accidents are avoided.
Kevin Whiffen from Unite the Union said :
“We are very pleased with the result of Keith Deehy’s case. This accident should not have occurred. Mr Deehy deserves the compensation that has been secured for him”
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