A WORKER has been awarded more than £25,000 by Derby City Council after being seriously injured using a chainsaw.

The person suffered hand-arm vibration syndrome – a serious condition which comes from using power tools.

 

 

The authority made the chainsaw pay-out in 2013/14, but has refused to reveal the gender of the person, or whether they were a city council employee.

However, documentation obtained under a Freedom Of Information Request submitted to the authority said the reason the council had to pay the cash was because of “employment liability”. The £25,620 pay-out was the largest compensation sum made by the council since 2013.

Derby GP Dr John Grenville said for that level of payment it would have been a “very serious” injury.

He said: “They would have used that chainsaw for a number of years and is very likely to have been an employee. With that amount of compensation, it would have affected him badly. It’s likely to could have lost the feeling in one of his hands. I suspect it would have been a really serious case. The seriousness of the injury is determined on the frequency of the vibrations, so in this case it would have been a lot.”

WORKER has been awarded more than £25,000 by Derby City Council after being seriously injured using a chainsaw.

The person suffered hand-arm vibration syndrome – a serious condition which comes from using power tools.

The authority made the chainsaw pay-out in 2013/14, but has refused to reveal the gender of the person, or whether they were a city council employee.

However, documentation obtained under a Freedom Of Information Request submitted to the authority said the reason the council had to pay the cash was because of “employment liability”. The £25,620 pay-out was the largest compensation sum made by the council since 2013.