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Woodshop Accident Mangles New Hampshire Prisoner’s Hand, Nets $10,000 Verdict

Woodshop Accident Mangles New Hampshire Prisoner's Hand, Nets $10,000 Verdict

A New Hampshire prisoner was awarded $10,000 for job-related injuries. Mr. Gilman, a 24-year old prisoner, was using a saw to make a rabbit cut for a bookcase. The auxiliary fence shot out and flew toward another prisoner. Gilman kept hold of the wood he was cutting, and pushed it forward. The wood pushed backward and the saw blade struck Gilman's left hand. He "suffered nerve damage to the middle finger, permanent injury to his ring finger and an injury to his thumb requiring internal fixation."

Gilman sued in stated court, alleging "that the guard which covers the saw blade had been removed with the consent of the shop supervisor," in violation of state regulation. Defendants claimed the regulation does not apply to the prison. In January, 1997, a verdict was returned for Gilman, awarding him $10,000. See: Gilman v. New Hampshire State Prison, Case No. Unknown (Unknown NH State Court)(1997 WL 95445).

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Gilman v. New Hampshire State Prison