‘Grease injected into hand’
A FORMER Bobcat operator claims he needs his partner to help him do his job after grease was injected into his hand at high pressure.
Christopher Flett is taking his former employer, Black Widow Civil Construction, to court over the workplace incident. He alleges he now needs help from his partner to use a manual shift truck, to load and unload plant, to hook and unhook trailers, and to refulel as a result of the grease injection.
His partner does those tasks unpaid, according to documents filed in the Southport District Court.
But Mr Flett may be waiting some time for any payment as Black Widow Civil Construction in being liquidated. Documents from the liquidation show it has $1498.90 in its bank account. Mr Flett’s statement of claim does not fully detail how much he is seeking, but estimates his past economic loss to be about $164,800 and his loss in earning capacity to be about $600,000.
Court documents detail the injury Mr Flett is alleged to have suffered about 2.30pm on February 15, 2016, at a Hope Island construction site.
Mr Flett claims he was operating a Bobcat when the rear track fell off. He attempted to release tension by easing the grease pressure.
“As (Mr Flett) loosened the grease nipple, it discharged grease at extremely high pressure, piercing (Mr Flett’s) glove and skin, injecting grease into (Mr Flett’s) left hand,” the documents allege.
Mr Flett claims he required five surgical operations and spent 11 days in hospital.
Court documents state Mr Flett still suffers altered sensation, restricted range of movement and motion in the left hand, loss of strength and reduction in endurance. Black Widow Civil Constructions is yet to file a defence.