After surviving active service in war-torn Bosnia and returning home without a scratch, one former soldier was involved in an industrial accident that has left him maimed for life, according to accident claim experts familiar with the case.
Hull, East Yorkshire native Ray Wright, aged thirty four, was working at the Hessle Dock Transwaste Recycling plant when he suffered a horrific work accident that severed his right arm below the elbow. Personal injury lawyers familiar with the case stated that Mr Wright tripped whilst in front of a bailing machine, and his arm went straight into the baling chamber of the machine as he extended his hand in an attempt to break his fall.
Beverley Magistrates’ Court was told that the fall into the baling chamber caused terrible injuries to Mr Wright. Mr Wright now must wear a prosthetic as surgical procedures to re-attach his severed arm were unsuccessful.
Work accident claim experts state that the Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation into the incident, revealing that the original safety guard of the bailing machine had been damaged at some point and been replaced with an improvised device. The new device was found to be inadequate due to the ability to still allow access to the moving parts of the machine whilst it was in operation.
Malton based Transwaste Recycling and Aggregates Ltd admitted to b ing in breach of Provision and Use work accident violations. The firm was given a fine of £12,000 and also ordered to additionally pay £6,408 in fees and court costs as well.
While he has returned to Transwaste in a different capacity, Mr Wright served in the United Nations as part of the peace keeping forces to Bosnia in the late 1990s.