Jonathan Wain, who was employed by Premier Foods’ bakery in Stoke-on-Trent as a mixing bay operator, was injured by a loose pipe, which fell on him whilst he was cleaning a cage. The stainless steel pipe on the cage should move upwards when the cage is cleaned, but as Wain closed the cage door, he was injured by the loose pipe, which fell and struck him on the head.
After the accident, he suffered from blurred vision, concussion, headaches and dizziness and needed seven weeks off work for medical treatment. He contacted the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union who instructed a personal injury solicitor to claim compensation from the company.
After investigation it was found that the pipe’s rubber seal was missing, which caused it to become loose and fall. Action was taken by the bakery to ensure other pipes on the premises all had seals fitted and a claim was lodged against Premier Foods by Wain for failing to inspect and maintain machinery.
If you have been injured due to your employer’s negligence, you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation, but don’t forget that there is a three year time limit in place to make a claim.
Has your employer been negligent?
Your employer has a duty to keep you safe at work and this includes providing a safe working environment and ensuring that all equipment is properly inspected and well-maintained. If they have failed to do so, they could be deemed to be negligent, and you could report your accident to your union or the Health and Safety Executive, who will usually carry out their own investigations. You may also be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation, so contact a lawyer to see if this is possible.
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Date Published: December 6, 2014
Author: David Brown