A school support worker sues high school after blaming back injuries on the strain of pushing wheelchair users between classes.
Helen Sloan, from Brighouse, is fighting through the courts for £50,000 compensation after working for 13 days at the Rastrick High School before suffering her injury.
Mrs Sloan was specifically employed to help children with special needs- some of whom were in wheelchairs. But she claimed that the school failed to carry out a thorough risk assessment or provide comprehensive training before she began providing learning support.
On September 17th 2008 she was pushing a child up a sloping ramp when she was injured. Her barrister Benjamin Caswell said after successive days of constant strain this was “the straw that broke the camel’s back”.
Mrs Sloan was left with lasting damage to her back and right shoulder which left her unable to lift her right arm above shoulder height.
Miss Green from the school said that “on occasions” Helens role had “involved assisting manual wheelchair users by pushing them between classes” but she did insist that the school had done it’s best to ensure that she was not over-burdened or over-worked.
Miss Green insisted that “pushing a wheelchair is a simple, common sense, handling task” and that the training providing to Mrs Sloan was adequate for her tasks.
After hours of arguments the Appeal Court judges reserved their ruling on the case’s appeal until a later date.
Making a claim if you’ve been injured at work
If you’ve been injured at work through no fault of your own you could be due compensation. Whether you were allocated for a task you hadn’t been trained for or whether you slipped or tripped at work.
If your injuries required medical attention and happened in the last 3 years give the specialists at Accident Advice Helpline a call. You can either fill in the 30-second test online or drop someone a call on 0800 689 0500. The helpline is open 24 hours a day and whatever your injury, our team will give you advice on your claim.
Source: Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Date Published: July 17, 2014
Author: David Brown