Consequences of workplace accident
A Derbyshire man has been forced to leave full-time work and has undergone multiple operations after a horrific workplace accident.
The 47-year-old groundsman tripped on a tree stump while mowing a grass bank, struck his head and was knocked unconscious.
The lawnmower he was using carried on and ran over his foot, the blades slicing through his left boot and into his big toe.
Phil, who did not wish to have his second name published, had part of the toe amputated, developed an infection and was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, causing him headaches and memory loss.
Following the accident, which took place in Buxton, Phil spent nine days in hospital and three months off work. He then returned to work on lighter duties, such as painting and decorating.
Soon after his return, Phil's contract ended and he has had to take lower-paid employment as his injury limits his ability to work and drive.
He said: "My injury has changed everything. Now that I can't drive manual vehicles, my job prospects are limited. I'm taking part-time work here and there but it's nowhere near as stable as before my accident."
"It's not just affected my work but my personal life, too. I've lost confidence and even getting around the house is a lot more difficult."
"I'm only 47, but I feel like this injury has slowed me down so much."
"Phil was injured because of his employer's failure to risk assess the job."
"The grass verge was unsafe as there was a tree stump hidden in the ground. With some basic pre-planning, Phil wouldn't have had to put himself at serious risk of injury.
"The accident has caused significant physical and psychological harm to Phil and left him unable to do jobs he could do before."
You can read the original article from the Derby Telegraph