A worker, Viraj Kakadia, who lost parts of his fingers while working in a factory claims that his bosses threw them away.
The worker works for a sushi firm in London which provides sushi to major supermarkets and firms like Waitrose and Sainsbury's in London, UK.
Kakadia claimed that while working in the factory his fingertips were severed in a pepper slicing machine . He was slicing peppers using a machine and wearing one of of the two steel gloves which his union claims was available to protect workers.
The man tried to restart the machine but two of his fingers got trapped in the machine. But when he told his bosses, they asked him to order a cab to the hospital.
When the man reached the hospital, the medical team at St Mary's in Paddington asked him where the parts of his fingers were but according to his union, factory bosses told him they had disposed of them.
So, now Viraj has permanently lost parts of his fingers because of his bosses.
The company has not denied not disposing off Viraj's fingers and an apparent source of the company has revealed that the firm has in fact thrown the parts of the finger.
General trade union (GMB) is now suing the company and the bosses for negligence which could be worth upwards of £20,000. One union official called the case “harrowing” and has put in multiple grievances over the firm’s handling of the affair.
GMB London organiser Hiten Vaidya said: “They should have called an ambulance. It’s the employers responsibility, and it has been totally unacceptable.”
Vaidya even claims that there were no safety guards on the vegetable cutter and that the machine had already broken down before this dangerous incident took place.
Viraj was not given sick pay for the two weeks he had to take off work following the incident. And was instead asked to apply for holiday leave instead.
27-year-old Viraj is from India and knows very little English. While speaking to MyLondon via a translator, he said: “The employer is playing games with my life. If they sent the finger tips with ice with me to the hospital, I’d still have them intact today. They didn’t call an ambulance, and they haven’t offered me any support.”
He added: “There is no amount of money for that injury that would solve it. I lost my finger. It’s not a question of money. I expect the GMB union to help and ensure this negligence doesn’t happen to anybody else in future. The employer isn’t providing a safe working environment…The standards aren’t there. The training is not there.
Lets hope Viraj gets justice.
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