Worker awarded €145,000 compensation
A worker was awarded €144, 675.63 in damages following an industrial accident in 2001 which left him with a 40 per cent disability and constant pain.
The man, John Peter Stanton, had initiated court proceedings against Schembri and Sons Ltd. after a machine that made moulds for concrete was responsible for his injury and had to have his middle finger of the right hand amputated.
The court declared that the employer was responsible to ensure that employees have a safe working environment, provide the necessary training and establish safety procedures. Mr Justice Farrugia Sacco said that in this case the company had not fulfilled its responsibilities towards Mr Stanton.
Court appointed experts said that the machine operated by Mr Stanton on the day of the accident should have been handled by other employees who were conversant with the procedure of changing moulds while Mr Stanton was not since it did not form part of his regular duties.
The surgeon who operated Mr Stanton explained to the court that the employee had practically lost the use of his right hand, had his middle finger amputated and had complications leading to constant pain.