Road accident claim for litter picker

A man who was seriously injured when he was struck by a car while litter picking for Manchester City Council has been awarded a £15,000 payout.

The council pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
and was ordered to pay a £15,000 fine along with £3,830 in prosecution costs.

No protocol

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the council had no procedures in place, or safe system of work, to prevent litter pickers operating near busy roads from being involved in accidents at work.

Furthermore a road traffic accident, such as being struck by a car, had not been identified as a risk and no response protocol had been put in place.

According to the HSE, the risk of work injury resulting from a busy road had not been sufficiently assessed, workers had not been protected and motorists had not been made aware of the dangers.

For these reasons it found the council guilty of safety at work breaches and served an improvement notice on it.

Severe work injury

The 60-year-old accident victim, who has asked not to be named, came from Stretford and was trying to cross Princess Parkway in Manchester when the incident happened.

He was struck by a car on the busy 40 mph road, suffering a number of serious injuries including four broken ribs, a punctured lung, a cut to the liver, a fractured right eye socket, fractures to his face and a broken pelvis.

Because of his injuries he has not been able to return to work since the accident.

Making a road accident or accident at work claim

If you have been injured in an accident like this you may be eligible for a personal injury claim.

Call Accident Advice Helpline at any time on one of our free-phone numbers: 0800 689 0500 for landline calls and 0333 500 0993 for mobiles to see if you have a claim.

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