Faulty train door results in compensation for crushed thumb
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11th July 2007

Compensation for driver with thumb crushed by train door

A train driver had his right thumb crushed as he tried to close a train door. He had twice tried to close it with his left hand but it bounced back. He then tried to close it with both hand as his right hand had more strength. In doing so his right thumb was crushed as it overhung the side of the door on the doorframe. The design of the door handle was such that using the left hand was the safest way of doing so to avoid the thumb sticking out. It was accepted that there must have been something wrong with the door, as it should have closed, there being no obstruction.

Evidence of many injuries involving the door type was produced, but the defendants argued that there had only been five accidents in three years, representing only 0.001% of the 468,000 times these types of doors had been closed. The judge accepted that this statistical risk was too small to demonstrate a design failure.

Hearing from the defendant’s witness on Regulation 5 of PUWER that problems might have been fixed on routine maintenance the judge concluded that the accident had been caused because something had not been working correctly. No contributory negligence was found.

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