Employee struggles to adapt to new life after workplace accident

A 43 year old man is struggling to come to terms with his disfigurement after he lost hand in Ellesmere Port factory accident. He feels angry that he is now left to cope with no hand and blames his company for putting production before safety.

The accident happened at a glass recycling plant where he worked as an agency worker (as a fabricator welder). The employee had been working at the plant for 6 months and was working under the platform of a machine belt at the time of the incident and lost his footing. Because the belt was still moving, he was dragged along and had to use all his strength not to lose the whole of his right arm to the machine roller.

He said:“The pain was excruciating. I screamed “help” from the platform. I will always remember lying there knowing I’d lost my hand.”

“They wanted production twenty-four-seven and put production before our safety. I felt under pressure to get the job done.”

He claims to have suffered mood swings since the accident and misses playing computer games, going on bike rides and building Lego with his eight-year-old son.

“My days feel empty now. The only thing I have to look forward to is taking my son to school. I miss work – the people and the routine – and not to mention the money.

My wife….. “Has to look after me now – she helps me dress and even has to cut my food sometimes. The accident has left me feeling like a freak – people stare at me in the street – do you know how frustrated that makes you feel?”

He said: “Psychologically it’s been very tough for me – I have to stand and look in the mirror; it takes it out of you. I have to accept this is me now – for the rest of my life.”

The HSE carried out an investigation and a Crown Court judge found the recycling company guilty of breaching the Health and Safety in the workplace and fined them £50,000 and also ordered them to pay costs of £21,625.70.

 

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