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Factory worker wins £125,000 injury compensation for crushed arm

Posted in: Arm Injury Faulty Work Equipment Workplace Injuries 

A 58-year-old factory worker has been awarded a £125,000 work accident compensation package after having his arm crushed by machinery. Robert Faulds, from Falkirk, suffered severe injuries to his right arm after it was pulled into heavy machinery at a bottle-top factory in Bridge of Allan in September 2013. Mr Faulds claimed that after the accident, United Closures and Plastics blamed him and demoted him.

It was heard that Mr Faulds had been working on a printing machine at the time of the accident. His right arm was pulled in by the offset machine and crushed. He was forced to take 14 months off work due to the severity of his injuries, but was then sacked from his position as production engineer for gross misconduct. He was later offered another job as an operator.

Failed to carry out sufficient risk assessments

The Health and Safety Executive took United Closures and Plastics to Stirling Sheriff Court following the incident — the company admitted to health and safety breaches and was fined £12,000. It was highlighted that the company had failed to carry out sufficient risk assessments of the machinery and had failed to ensure sufficient access. Mr Faulds’s lawyer stated:

He has now been left with a life-changing injury and his future employment prospects have been greatly affected — it is only right that he has been paid this substantial level of compensation.”

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