After one Bolton engineer lost his arm in a horrific accident in work while performing maintenance at a Lancashire Curry’s outlet, the Manchester Evening news reports that the man may be considering a work accident claim for his injuries.
Paul McNulty, aged thirty four from Sharples in Bolton, needed to have an amputation performed on his left arm due to damage it suffered after it was dragged into conveyor belt rollers, according to accident claim experts. The man had been repairing the conveyor belt in the course of his work as an engineer at Ascot Doors, a Bolton-based company.
While he was working on the conveyor at the Curry’s branch in Ashton under Lyne on the Snipe Retail Park, Mr McNulty’s sleeve became caught in the mechanism of the conveyor and dragged in between the moving rollers. As a result the engineer suffered severe crushing injuries that necessitated the removal of his entire arm in an emergency amputation procedure at hospital.
The Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation into the incident, resulting in a hearing at Tameside Magistrates’ Court in which Ascot Doors of Bolton was admitted to being in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act. The Greater Manchester-based company was given a fine of £10,500 for its role in the accident and was also ordered to pay court costs of £4,100.
It is also rumoured that Mr McNulty will be receiving personal injury compensation award from his former employer of an undisclosed sum.
One company spokesman issued a statement in which he said that the accident, though regrettable, was not indicative of any underlying problem with the firm itself. The spokesman stated that over the nearly three decades it has been trading, the company had maintained an excellent health and safety record.