Pensioner Richard Hathaway feels left on the "scrap heap" after work injury
PENSIONER Richard Hathaway feels he has been sidelined and left on the "scrapheap" after being badly injured at work in the Forest of Dean nine months ago.
On Monday Mr Hathaway, 69, from Ruardean, underwent surgery at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on compressed nerves in his left hand.
He claims his accident, which took place in December last year, was caused due to exposed wires from a fire panel at the entrance to Vantage Point in Mitcheldean where he was working for Securitas as a support officer.
He tripped on the wires, breaking his left elbow and right ribs, and has since been deemed unfit to work.
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"I just feel like I am on the scrapheap now," he said.
He claimed: "The attitude I've received since December 2012 from Securitas is nothing more than appalling.
"The last contact I had with my operations manager was over two months ago. I feel like they don't give a damn about me."
However, Securitas said they have been in regular contacted and conducted two home visits.
Since his accident, Mr Hathaway says he has been unable to drive and has had to rely on others to help him around the house.
He added: "Is this the way big companies now treat injured at work, and on the sick employees?
"I feel they have no interest in me whatsoever, and I am being sidelined, and forgotten about altogether. Up to now I've had to put in excess of 14 hospital visits including parking charges.
Mr Hathaway has received £1,000 by way of sick pay, but said his solicitors have informed him he could be entitled to more.
A spokesman for Securitas said: "I can confirm that Securitas has been in regular contact with Mr Hathaway since the incident.
"Two home visits were conducted in the first two weeks following the incident, and regular weekly contact has been made since.
"As an employer of 17,000 people in the UK, health and safety in the workplace is extremely important to Securitas and all incidents are taken seriously and dealt with appropriately."