Three train drivers left with permanently damaged hands from a chronic work injury have received more than GBP 22,000 in injury compensation, in a legal case which may pave the way for similar claims.
The men contracted Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), a long-term illness that can be caused by repetitive work and adopting awkward wrist postures, while working for Arriva Trains Wales in Carmathen.
"CTS forced me to go on the sick for a number of months and as a result I became depressed," commented one of the drivers, Paul Studholme.
"The fact that three of us in the same depot all developed this condition shows that more should have been done to improve our working conditions."
It follows news that a paramedic who was left disabled after his medical bag caught on a door handle, causing him to fall, has been awarded GBP 200,000 in injury compensation.