Crayford man warns of public danger after injuring his hand in town

PUBLISHED: 09:37 22 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:38 22 October 2015

The potential finger trap with Mr Borrell

The potential finger trap with Mr Borrell


His finger was trapped between a handrail and a wall

The potential finger trapThe potential finger trap

A Crayford man is claiming “someone could lose their finger” after injuring his hand in the town.

Paul Borrell, of Dale Road, was walking down steps near to Crayford Town Hall Square, when his hand became trapped between a handrail and a stone wall.

Mr Borrell, who walks with a walking stick as he is recovering from hip surgery, says he was “yanked” back by the force.

He said: “I was walking to the library to pay my council tax, and all of a sudden I was yanked backwards.

The potential finger trapThe potential finger trap

“I didn’t know what it was, until I realised my finger was trapped, I tried to pull it out but I couldn’t,

“It was a nasty experience, soon it’s going to catch someone frailer than me and it’s going to chop a finger off.”

Following the accident, Mr Borrell, a welding and fabrication lecturer, cordoned off the stairs with tape, to demonstrate the potential danger.

He said: “I just wanted to show Bexley council how simple it was to prevent this. I’ve spoken to the director of health and safety at the company responsible and I’ve spoken to Bexley council. So far nothing has changed, I won’t stop until something is done about it.”

The potential finger trapThe potential finger trap

A spokesperson for Higgins Construction, the company responsible for building the stairs, said: “We will liaise with the landowner to see whether they require us to investigate this matter and take any rectification action.

“We take health and safety very seriously on all of our sites. Phase one of the Crayford town hall project was completed over three years ago and was signed off to meet all the design and health safety regulations.”

The company that owns the land, Peabody, issued this statement: ““We are very sorry to hear of this unfortunate accident, which happened on a public right of way. We are carrying out a full investigation to understand the circumstances.”

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