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EuroMillions winner Ade Goodchild almost lost his hand in an accident at work, friends have revealed - with senior staff blaming him for the injury and later firing him before reinstating him on lower pay.
Mr Goodchild, from Hereford, quit his job at Special Metals Wiggin Ltd where he had worked for 24 years on Monday following his shock jackpot win, but now alleged details of a grim accident the 58-year-old was involved in at the factory have emerged.
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Is is claimed that bosses at the metal-work plant blamed Mr Goodchild for an injury in which his hand was crushed and fired him as a result for allegedly flouting safety regulations.
They later reversed their decision following intervention by Mr Goodchild's union representatives and reinstated him, but in a lesser role and on 'significantly reduced pay', according to MailOnline sources.
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The reduction in earnings and status at the plant left Mr Goodchild 'a little bitter and extremely disappointed', the source said - with the accident happening in 2016, around the time his then-wife, Suzanna, walked out on their 20-year marriage.
'It was a very difficult time for Ade,' the friend, who worked alongside Mr Goodchild at the time, said. 'He had a good job at the plant and, so he thought, a happy marriage. But in the space of a few months he lost a job he enjoyed and a wife he loved.'
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The friend said Mr Goodchild had been in charge of one of the furnaces at the plant making alloys for the aerospace industry when his hand was crushed by machinery.
'It broke his thumb and hurt his hand very badly. It was a nasty injury. He could easily have lost the hand. The company blamed him for the accident and sacked him, but the union stepped in and got him reinstated, but...
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