29 May 2007
Factory worker wins compensation after slip at work
A factory worker who was left unable to do with his job after suffering a fall at work has won an undisclosed compensation payout.
Mark Stewart, 38, had been working for Magna Kansei, an injection moulding company in Sunderland, when the accident occurred.
He had been advancing along a walkway, when he slipped on a sheet of tin that had been discarded.
As a result, he ruptured his cruciate ligament.
Following corrective surgery he suffered reduced mobility and was unable to perform the kind of heavy lifting tasks that his job had required.
Commenting on the outcome Mr Stewart told the Sunderland Echo: "Magna said I could apply for other jobs in the factory, but some of them involve heavy lifting and I was under-qualified for the others, so there was no choice but to leave.
"I'm not sure what I will do next. I've been told to avoid heavy work if I can. I trained as an electrician, but I can't do the crawling around the floor that's involved in domestic work, so I think it's back to the drawing board."
Mr Stewart had initially been seeking compensation in the sum of £9,500, however, the award is thought to be considerably in excess of this figure.