Worker Receives Compensation After Suffering Extensive Burn Injuries
A 28-year-old foundry worker, who does not wish to be named, has received substantial damages in an out-of-court settlement following an accident at his former place of work. In January 2008, he was employed by PMT Industries at its Tonge Moor site when the incident occurred. The worker had been making a ‘Yankee Dryer Head’, which is essentially a large cylinder, by pouring molten iron into a mould.
Unfortunately, the ladle he was using turned over and spilled a quantity of molten iron onto the floor. Within moments, the worker was surrounded by steam and smoke and could feel the intense heat of the molten iron burning around him. Unable to escape the danger zone because an aluminium escape ladder had melted, the worker came dangerously close to death before he was rescued.
Accident claims involving life-altering injuries are relatively common in the manufacturing industry, which is perhaps not surprising considering the nature of the tasks undertaken by employees. In the present case, the 28-year-old worker from Horwich sustained horrific burns to his legs, arms and torso; in fact, such were the severity of his injuries, the man was placed into a medically induced coma by surgeons, who contemplated amputating both legs before managing to provide alternative treatment. Although the worker raised a personal injury claim through his trade union, Unite, the matter was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. Nowinnofee regularly provides legal assistance to those injured in accidents at work.