This article was published on June 17th, 2016
A 29 year old man was badly injured and hospitalised after a pressurised hose smashed into his face while he was testing it. The worker was a trainee engineer at a hydraulic equipment manufacturers when the accident happened leaving him 95% blind in one eye.
When the pressurised equipment failed, the hose hit the worker with such force that it knocked him unconscious for 20 minutes leaving him needing reconstructive surgery to the right side of his face and eye.
The life-changing injuries he sustained prompted a compensation pay out of more than £100,000.
He said: “I was testing hydraulic equipment and the fittings which power it failed under the pressure.
“It hit me in the face, knocked me unconscious for 20 minutes. It also shattered half of my face and caused damage to my eye.
“I was airlifted to ….. Hospital and I was in there for eight days.
“I underwent two lots of surgery and I’ve since had extensive appointments for reconstruction surgery.
“I’ve lost 95 per cent vision in my right eye.”
“It’s impacted on so many things in my life, such as my driving, sport and other things, but I’ve tried not to let it beat me.
“I am going to use the money to buy a house so I can have security for my family and then I’m going to try and make the rest work for me.
“Without the wonderful support from my family and friends I don’t think I could have gotten to where I am today.
“I would also like to thank the paramedics and doctors for the fantastic treatment they gave me.”
The NWAA (North West Air Ambulance) were responsible for transporting the employee to hospital following the accident and the worker showed his appreciation by completing a number of fundraising events to raise money for them, raising around £5,000.
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