A carpenter has been awarded £30,000 accident at work compensation, after slicing off part of his finger in a woodcutting machine.
Fifty seven year old Jacek Rozanski, from Mitcham, in Greater London, had only been employed at the Rosso Joinery in Battersea, for two weeks, when his hand was dragged into the woodcutting machine and came into contact with its spinning circular blade.
The Croydon Guardian is reporting that Mr Rozanski was rushed to the St George’s Hospital in Tooting, immediately after the incident, where surgeons were forced to amputate part of his left middle finger, just below the nail and pin his broken ring finger back into place.
He told the newspaper that his injuries kept him off work for a period of eight weeks and when he did return to his duties it was only on a part time basis.
Mr Rozanski launched a claim for accident at work compensation against his employers, alleging that he had not received sufficient training in how to use the machine in a safe manner and that he was unaware that the woodcutting machine had a protective guard missing.
The carpenter was awarded £30,000 in damages, after the Rosso Joinery settled the claim out of court.