Whole finger impairments which compensated under this element of the Table of Injuries in the 1930 Act are:

Nature of Injury


Loss of right thumb


Loss of left thumb


Loss of right forefinger


Loss of left forefinger


Loss of right middle finger


Loss of left middle finger


Loss of right ring finger


Loss of left ring finger


Loss of right little finger


Loss of left little finger


The amount of compensation is higher for the dominant hand of the injured employee, see below.

Note that certain losses affecting fingers are covered under other descriptions:

  • loss of parts of a finger or loss of total movement of joint of thumb: 'Partial Finger Impairments', detailed earlier in this section
  • loss of five fingers of hand: 'Arm and Hand Impairments', see below.

Note that the loss of a left finger is a separate injury from loss of the right finger and both losses are compensated by a lump sum.

Loss includes permanent loss of use

Loss of a finger includes the permanent loss of the efficient use of the limb (LOEU) because of the effect of S12(6) of the 1930 Act. A more detailed discussion of LOEU can be found later in this chapter.

Historical Rate Increases – 1930 Act

A table that sets out the dates of rate increases and the applicable maximum amount of compensation can be found earlier in this section.