Factory worker wins £25,000 in compensation after losing part of finger (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Man's hand was trapped in faulty machine at Hartlepool factory wins £25k compo
A FACTORY worker who lost part of a finger after his hand was trapped in a machine has been awarded over £25,000 compensation.
Gordon Cranney, who worked as a production operative at TMD Friction in Hartlepool, was trying to release a jammed brake pad when his hand was trapped The power to the machine should have automatically disconnected when it was opened, leaving him free to manually release the jam, but a safety mechanism failed and his hand was trapped.
The 55-year-old from Hartlepool needed a skin graft after suffering severe burns to three fingers on his left hand.
He also had to have part of the middle finger of his left hand amputated due to severe nerve damage.
Mr Cranney, who had worked at TMD for 15 years, was unable to work for six months. He contacted his union Unite after his employer, a global manufacturer of brake friction material for the automotive industry, claimed the machine’s safety mechanism could not have caused such a serious injury.
Unite Legal Services, through Thompsons Solicitors, secured £25,000 damages after winning the case.
Mr Cranney said: “Even now, three years after it happened, I am constantly reminded of my disability. Having half a finger means I struggle to grip things, feel numbness in what is left of my finger and get quite a lot of pain if I accidentally knock it.
“I’m back at work now but I’m worried about my future job prospects because I often drop bolts and screws which people could see as careless when in fact it’s down to my disability.”
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