Manufacturing Worker Suffers Horrific Injury After Getting Hand Stuck In Machine
When you're working in a manufacturing job, you need to keep your wits about to keep yourself safe.
All it takes is one small mishap to cause utter chaos and it can mean the difference between life and death.
But you don't need to tell that to William Mortimer who suffered a horrific hand injury after an incident at his job.
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The father of four was using a rolling machine at his manufacturing job when another worker cranked up an angle grinder about eight feet away from him.
In seconds, tiny bits of metal flew into Will's face, which left him disorientated and distracted enough to not realise where he was putting his hand.
The 61-year-old's hand was pulled into the rolling machine, causing a terrifying injury.
"I was horrified when I realised that my hand had entered the machine and just went into total shock," Will said.
"Since my injury, I needed help with so many things. I couldn't wash the left side of my body or my hair.
"I couldn't make a can of soup for myself, but spill it all down me when I am trying to open it.
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"I've been very reliant on my family for support with Maggie having to do a huge amount around the home and others having to drive me to regular appointments and hand therapy.
"I am in constant pain, as well as psychological issues like flashbacks and nightmares.
"I have now been left with reduced strength and grip in my hand which has an impaction on my overall function.
"Washing and dressing remain an issue as does kitchen tasks and participating in my previous hobby of golf and driving."
Natasha Fairs, the specialist workplace injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell representing Billy, said: "This is a truly devastating example of the impact that workplace accidents can have on employees, with Billy suffering injuries which will have a significant effect on the rest of his life.
"While we have secured an admission of primary liability from Hardall International Limited regarding the incident, we are now focused on helping Billy access the specialist support he needs."
William added: "I also had DIY plans like putting up new curtains and installing decking in the garden, but the injuries mean I won't be able to do that now.
"I'm just devastated by what has happened to me and the lasting impact that it is going to have.
"While nothing will change what has happened I truly hope that lessons can be learned from my story so that no one else faces this nightmare."
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