32 year old Rondeo Shoeman had been working with a spindle moulder at the time of the accident. The blades caught on the piece of wood he was working with and dragged his hand into the machine.
This caused terrible damage and forced him to undergo various operations to transfer bones from his feet into his hand. These operations meant that he was forced to stay in hospital for a month.
Mr Shoeman claimed compensation on the grounds that his employer had failed to provide proper machine guarding and that he had not received adequate training on how to operate the machine safely.
His employer did not offer to settle his compensation claim and he ended up having to go to court. He won his case and received £3000 in compensation. The judge noted that if his employer had taken the proper safety precautions then Mr Shoeman’s personal injury would probably not have occurred.