A 28 year old Newcastle man has won personal injury compensation totalling £17,500 after falling from a ladder whilst at work.
The personal injury at work occurred in April 2006 at British Bakeries’ Newcastle plant. The man was standing on a ladder and cleaning some machinery with a broom at the time the accident happened. He sustained a long term back injury that affected both his employment and personal life. The victim was unable to work for two years after the fall and even though he received long term physiotherapy, he is unable to lift anything heavy.
British Bakeries closed down the Newcastle plant and the 28 year old was made redundant, but his injuries meant he could not find suitable alternative employment. He therefore decided to contact the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union to see if he could lodge a personal injury claim against British Bakeries.
The Union contacted a form of personal injury solicitors who were happy to take up the case. They argued that it was not safe practice for employees to climb up ladders in order to clean machinery. British Bakeries admitted liability for the accident and the compensation award was agreed.
This is one of many accidents at work that could easily have been avoided if the employer had conducted a proper risk assessment of the requisite task. The Health & Safety Executive makes several successful prosecutions every year against companies who put their workers’ lives at risk.