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An accident at work results in claimant receiving £30, 000 in compensation

19 September 2008

An employee sustained neck and shoulder injuries when asked to reach and stretch beyond her capabilities on a daily basis. The claimant was only 4 foot 10 inches tall and a second higher conveyor belt was installed which the claimant found difficult to reach. Her complaints were ignored. The task was not adequately risk assessed and no stool or alternative work was provided for the claimant. Liability and causation were denied. The claimant obtained favourable Ergonomic and Orthopaedic evidence and the matter was listed for a 2 day trial at Huddersfield County Court. Less than 2 weeks prior to the trial the defendants finally agreed to enter into reasonable settlement negotiations and personal injury compensation was agreed in the sum of £30,000.