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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Male ground worker wins £9,600 after work accident

    By David Brown on December 15, 2009

    A male ground worker sub contracted to a company was injured at work. His general duties included operating machinery and laying down roads.

    He was instructed by his line manager to pick up and fit the kerbs on a section of road.

    He requested to be provided with a kerb-lifter; however he was told by the employer that they did not have one and that he would have to carry the kerb manually, but he did not receive manual handling training with the company.

    As he and his colleague did so, they were unable to hold the weight of the kerb and it fell on his foot. The kerb weighed 80kg.

    He went to hospital where his foot injury was confirmed and treated accordingly.

    He reported the incident to Accident Advice Helpline and their specialist injury lawyers helped him seek compensation. The kerbs were too heavy to be lifted manually without the necessary training. The employer was found liable for instructing the employee to carry out the unsafe work practice, which resulted in the injury.

    He received £9,600 for his injuries.

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    Date Published: December 15, 2009

    Author: David Brown

    Category: News

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