Man nearly loses four fingers in workplace accident

A 32 year old carpenter nearly lost four fingers after catching his hand on the wood saw. The horrific accident took place at a packaging firm where he works as a carpenter. Luckily, a first aider was close to hand and reacted quickly by stemming the bleeding and calling the emergency services.

He was rushed to hospital following the accident and then transferred to a plastic surgery unit.

He said: “I don’t remember a lot from the time it happened,

“I just remember the first aider at work took over and helped me get to hospital really quickly.”

At the plastic surgery unit he underwent a complicated operation to transfer a vein from his left foot to his hand to improve blood flow to the hand again and then performed a skin graft to repair the damaged skin on the hand.

“It was a terrifying experience and I was worried I’d lost my fingers for good, I really appreciate the help from everyone at work and the emergency services, I would like to say a big thank you to them.”

The man has now begun a course of physiotherapy to improve the movement and use of his hand is said to be recovering well.


Accidents do happen and often a company will look after you following an accident but this doesn’t mean they are not at fault.   If you received an injury when working with dangerous machinery then your company may be responsible for not having the appropriate hand guards in place or providing you with the necessary training to do your job safely or safety equipment.  Sometimes the type of work you are doing may require a risk assessment or different type of machinery. 

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