21 December 2012
Compensation to be sought for life-changing injuries?
Life-changing injuries sustained during a workplace accident in London could lead to a man seeking compensation.
The unnamed haulier suffered two broken vertebrae and had to be kept in a spine brace for nine months after he fell a distance of around ten metres down a deep waste processing chute at the Hornsey Street Waste and Recycling Centre in Islington in December 2007.
Due to the severity of his injuries, the lorry driver - who was 49 years old at the time of the accident - has been told by medical professionals that he is unlikely to ever be fit enough to return to his former job, while he also walks with a limp.
At the time of the incident, the man was dropping off a load of waste at the site - which is managed by London Waste - for his employer ICSL Accord when he fell into the chute from the back of his vehicle.
A subsequent investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that the companies had committed serious failings in terms of their compliance with health and safety legislation, meaning both were prosecuted.
During the court case heard at the Old Bailey, the HSE revealed that London Waste had not carried out simple changes to its system for tipping items that had been recommended by the watchdog following a routine inspection around a year before this accident.
Had these alterations been made, the HSE believes the man would never have sustained his injuries and the firm was therefore fined £40,000 for its negligence.
Meanwhile, ICSL was found to have failed to offer its employee proper training and guidance on how he could conduct the job in question safely, so the Old Bailey ordered for it to pay a penalty of £24,000.
As such, the man could now decided to launch a claim for civil damages against the organisations.
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Posted by Francesca Witney