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Worker may lose lower leg after injury

A Bradford man may need to have his foot and lower leg amputated as a result of a crush injury caused by the safety failures of his employers more than a year ago.

The city’s magistrates were told that 51-year-old David Wain suffered serious injuries when a 1.5 tonne pallet of tin plates fell onto his right lower leg and foot.

Part of Mr Wain’s big toe was severed and the sole of his foot was split. Surgeons managed to reattach the next two toes and he needed plates put into his ankle and screws into his lower leg. He was in hospital for eleven days.

Mr Wain has been housebound since the incident and unable to walk without crutches. He was informed earlier this year by the hospital that his foot and lower leg may need to be amputated.

The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which prosecuted the company after identifying a number of safety failings.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £3,769 in full costs.

The latest statistics from HSE for 2011/12 show that there were 31 deaths, more than 3,400 major injuries and some 14,000 minor injuries recorded within the manufacturing industries.

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