10 May 2010
Teenager may sue over broken bones suffered in accident at work
A teenager who sustained injuries as a result of a workplace accident may take legal action in a bid to secure compensation.
The 17-year-old, who has not been named, suffered a broken leg when 700 kg of steel fell from a trolley he was pushing.
He was helping two colleagues to move the object into a warehouse and, as it was being moved over a ramp, its wheels became wedged and it toppled to one side.
As a result of the incident, he required a number of pins and metal plates to be inserted into the limb.
In a new development, his employer Dranson was fined after pleading guilty to health and safety offences.
It was discovered that the condition of the floor had not been maintained and the trolley was not intended for outdoor use.
According to official figures, there were around 246,000 reportable injuries suffered by workers in the UK in 2008-09, which was a fall from the 299,000 recorded during the previous 12-month period.