I help thousands of people with accident compensation claims every week and really have seen it all. However, sometimes even I am surprised at how poorly health and safety in the workplace is enforced. Last week for example, Inverurie firm International Paper (UK) Limited were fined £6000 for an accident in which one of their workers lost an arm.
The accident happened when the man got his arm caught in machinery in January 2009. Investigation revealed that the safety barrier provided was completely inadequate to offer protection for workers.
The HSE called the accident a “Dickensian-Style event” which should not have happened in this day and age.
The man’s compensation claim continues.