Quarry belt causes above elbow amputation
Mr B, aged 30, was working on a picking belt machine at a quarry. The picking belt was slipping due to an accumulation of debris which passed through holes in the belt and collected around the tail drum of the machine.
Mr B tried to remove some of the debris through a gap in the unguarded area around the tail drum.
As he did so, the sleeve of his right arm became caught between the belt and the roller and was dragged into the machinery. As a result, he sustained a traumatic amputation of his right arm above the elbow.
He suffered from pain and shock and psychological injuries. He has pain in his residual arm and phantom sensations. He finds the prosthesis somewhat uncomfortable.
The claim was settled 21 months after the accident for £450,000 which took into account a reduction for contributory negligence. The legal costs were paid by the defendant.
Pile driver hammer causes below elbow amputation
Mr C was part of a team pile driving for lighting gantries. During the driving of the first pile, the weld snapped making it necessary for a bag of cement to be poured down the pile as quickly as possible to prevent water rising up the pile and rendering it useless.
As our client was pouring the bag of cement into the pile, the two ton driving hammer went into free fall and fell down into the pile severing our client's left arm as it fell.
Our client's arm was cut clean through leaving him with a stump just below the elbow. The pile driver was not fitted with a safety catch or guard.
He was in hospital for 11 days, off work for nearly 4 months, and unable to continue with his pre-accident occupation.
The claim was settled for £450,000. The legal costs were paid by the defendant.