06 February 2009
Retailer agrees to pay over £30k in compensation after worker loses toe
UK-based retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) has agreed to pay a total of £31,128 to a staff member who suffered an injury to his foot.
During a recent hearing, the firm - which employs more than 75,000 people around the world - admitted to breaches of health and safety regulations in relation to the incident.
As well as the compensation, it was ordered to pay a fine of £20,000, the BBC reports.
In March 2007, employee Timothy Payne was using a goods-only scissor lift.
As the device rose, it trapped his left foot, causing crush injuries which led to the amputation of his big toe.
Environmental health officers from Milton Keynes council visited the warehouse where the accident occurred and found that it was common for workers to use the lift.
They also found that managers were aware of this failing.
According to magistrate chair Marie Brock, the company's risk assessment and signage was not good enough.