Gary Jackson, a 46-year-old dad, was working alone at Red Scar Tyres in Preston on February 21st 2012. He was repairing a lorry driver’s tyre when it exploded, the force of the air hitting Mr Jackson and flinging him across the building. Other staff tried to help him and paramedics attended the scene but Mr Jackson later died in hospital after suffering a cut aorta.
Red Scar Tyres pleaded guilty at Preston Magistrates’ Court to a breach of safety after exposing employees to injury from burst tires and a further breach of safety relating to failing to carry out a suitable risk assessment. The case was referred to Preston Crown Court due to its seriousness.
If someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident at their place of work, you could claim personal injury compensation. Contact a personal injury lawyer to find out whether you’re eligible to make a claim – there’s normally a three year time limit in place.
Have you suffered after a breach of safety?
Your employer has a responsibility to keep you safe at work. This means they must do the following:
- Provide you with a safe working environment
- Provide personal protective equipment, if needed for the job
- Maintain and keep all equipment in good working order, taking into account reports of faulty equipment and fixing it immediately
- Ensure all staff are trained for their roles and aware of health and safety risks
Whilst you have some responsibility for your own personal safety at work, if your employer has failed to take steps to keep you safe, they could be held liable for your accident. If this has happened to you, contact a personal injury lawyer today.
Accident Advice Helpline to the rescue
Contact Accident Advice Helpline if you are considering making a claim for compensation. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers are here to offer confidential advice, and there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim. Whether you or someone you love has been injured in an accident at work, we can help. We have 14 years’ experience in the personal injury industry – in fact, we don’t deal with any other area of the law. We’re here to make claiming compensation as stress-free as possible. We believe if you have been injured and it’s somebody else’s fault, you should be entitled to claim compensation. So call our freephone helpline today to find out whether you are eligible to claim.
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown