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Jayne CrawfordA school technician has been awarded £8,500 compensation after cutting off part of his finger while sawing wood for a school project.

The technician, based at Edinburgh's Boroughmuir High School was using a circular saw to cut up pieces of wood when the riving knife on the machinery became jammed. In attempting to clear the wood his index finger came into contact with the saw resulting in the tip of his finger being amputated.

As a member of his union, Unison the technician was entitled to the legal services of specialist trade union solicitors Thompsons at no cost to initiate a claim against his employers, Edinburgh City Council.

Edinburgh City Council initially denied liability for the accident but it was argued that as employers they had not provided adequate training or protective equipment. The case settled with the member being awarded damages to compensate for his injury. 

Jayne Crawford an Associate at Thompsons who specialises in injury claims arising from health and safety breaches condemned the employer for failing to adequately protect the client from being injured. She said: “It’s outrageous that employers continue to flout Health and Safety Regulations in this way. Providing a suitable guard on a dangerous machine is not only a strict legal obligation but also relatively cheap and easy for the employer to do. Had our client’s employer done so he would not have been left with this permanent injury.

“Other employers failing to protect employees in similar ways should take note, this was an accident waiting to happen. One thing is always true, it will cost the employer a lot more to sort out the harm to their employee and their reputation following an accident than it would simply paying for the measure to prevent it’

If you have been involved in an accident in or out of the workplace, even if you are unsure whether you would be able to claim compensation, contact Thompsons on 0800 0891331 and we can investigate matters for you and advise you on your first step towards receiving compensation. 

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