Man receives payout over disabling injury

Nottingham Crown Court.
Nottingham Crown Court.

A Stapleford man has been given a £30,000 payout by his former employers after he claimed he had sustained a disabling hand injury at work.

David Longden, 49, worked as a Polisher for C H Precision Finishers Limited in Sandiacre for three years.

Whilst there he developed pains in his hands and was subsequently diagnosed as suffering with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), an industrial injury which mainly affects people who operate vibrating power tools.

David’s former employers did not accept they were responsible for his injuries, leading to trial at Nottingham County Court which was settled with the payout.

Sinead Cartwright, from Hilary Meredith Solicitors, who represented him said: “In the 70s it was recognised that these tools could cause HAVS and a duty of care was placed upon employers to protect their employees from this danger.”

A spokesman for C H Precision said: “The health and safety of our employees is the top priority for us.

“We operate equipment of the highest standards and our employees receive proper training and regular health checks, which are continuously assessed. This case was complex with other factors involved and was handled by the company’s insurers.”