A worker at an engineering firm based in Stockport, has been awarded £450,000 in compensation, after crushing his hand in an accident at work.
The Manchester Evening News is reporting that fifty two year old David Taylor was employed as a toolmaker at engineering company Renold Chain, of Stockport and was using a crane and sling to lift a heavy tool from a bench.
Unfortunately the tool slipped free from its strapping and was sent hurtling towards Mr. Taylor, who managed to deflect the oncoming tool with his hand, however as he did so his left hand became trapped and was crushed against the cranes hook.
The injured employee was rushed to the Wythenshawe Hospital, for an emergency operation where he had to endure eighteen hours of surgery but lost half of his thumb, parts of his index finger, middle finger and ring finger, as well as all of his little finger.
Mr. Taylor launched a claim for accident at work compensation against his employers and was awarded £450,000 in damages, after they admitted liability for the incident.
He told the newspaper that he felt that he had sacrificed his hand in order to save his life, as he could have been cut in two by the falling tool.
Mr. Taylor hopes to be able to return to work in the near future, if a ground breaking operation to graft part of his toe onto his thumb is successful.