After a worker was injured by a falling conveyor in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, three construction companies have been prosecuted. Michael Doyle was working on the construction of the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant on 14th February 2013 when he was crushed by the falling conveyor, weighing 4.5 tonnes. 49-year-old Michael was trapped under the conveyor and suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs, four cracked vertebrae and a broken ankle. He remains off work.
If you have suffered crush injuries after a conveyor or other heavy machinery has fallen on you, the good news is that we may be able to help you to claim compensation. You might want to report your accident to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who will carry out an investigation, and you could receive a substantial settlement if your employer has been negligent. Our team of expert personal injury advisors are here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice and can explain the claims process to you in more detail.
Your employer has a duty of care to ensure that they keep you and other members of staff safe at work – this includes any contractors working on site. If they breach health and safety regulations and fail to meet their responsibilities, they could be held liable, as happened in the above story. Lincoln Magistrates Court found three companies liable of safety failings. Shaw Group UK Ltd was fined £17,350 and ordered to pay court costs of £1,710 after failing to carry out an adequate risk assessment or monitor work, whilst BWSC, the principal contractor, failed to ensure proper coordination and assessment of the work – they were fined £4,670 with costs of £1,710. The final contractor, BWE, was also fined £5,350 for health and safety breaches.
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Michael Doyle was unable to return to work and so will have been affected by loss of earnings. If you are in a similar situation, you may be struggling to pay your mortgage, rent or other household bills. The good news is that we don’t charge a penny upfront for a personal injury claim – our lawyers work on a 100% no win no fee* basis. You could find out today if you have a viable claim by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown