Chesterfield worker’s thumb is replaced with big toe

Chesterfield magistrates' court.

Chesterfield magistrates' court.

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A worker needed his thumb replaced with one of his big toes following a horror workplace accident.

Mark Evans had his right thumb severed while working at CNC Rotary, on Gisborne Close, Staveley, on June 17 last year.

Mr Evans, 45, was unable to work for a year despite the substitute thumb.

His manager, David Helley, 56, of Markham Road, Tuxford, was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,514 after admitting a safety breach when he appeared at Chesterfield magistrates’ court.

Speaking after the case, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Steve Shaw said: “As a result of not having safe working conditions in place, Mr Evans suffered a painful, life-changing injury that could have been prevented.”

Mr Evans, of Chesterfield, was building a rotary table device when the accident happened. The court heard he was working on the tool when it came loose from a sling attaching it to the prongs of a forklift truck. His thumb became trapped and was completely severed. HSE found there was no lifting attachment to secure the sling to the forklift truck.