Welder survives life-threatening accident
Posted: August 29, 2014
Posted in: Workplace Injuries
A welder from Birmingham has won a five-figure payout after he survived a life-threatening accident at his workplace in 2011. 48-year-old Alan Bailey had been operating a grinder on a piece of steel when the accident happened. It was heard that the equipment kicked back, slicing his throat. Medical experts said that he was “millimeters from dying”.
The accident happened in August 2011, which left Mr Bailey with serious physical and psychological injuries. Despite the fact that he was wearing full protective clothing, he was “literally millimeters from suffering an injury which could have proved fatal”. A friend and colleague immediately rushed Mr Bailey to Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley where he underwent emergency surgery. Doctors were able to clear the debris from the wound and repair the damaged tissue and muscle.
“A weight off my shoulders”
Following the accident, Mr Bailey was forced to take nine weeks off work. He required around the clock assistance and was left with a 12-inch scar across his neck.
It was discovered that Press Vess Ltd had failed to carry out a risk assessment of the equipment before the accident happened. They admitted a breach in their statutory duty.
Mr Bailey said: “Knowing that we have secured this settlement is a massive relief and a weight off my shoulders. I’m hopeful that this means I will now be able to move on with my life and put what I’ve been through behind me.”
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