James Abraham was run over by a forklift truck whilst walking alongside it to steady a fencing pallet, on July 30th 2012. The 21 year old employee spent 12 days in hospital recovering from his injuries, which included deep grazes, leg fractures and broken and dislocated toes. He was left unable to work for several months after the forklift accident.
At Nottingham Magistrates Court, the company pled guilty to breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Company director Jon Walker was fined £10,000 for the first charge of failing to ensure the safety of his employees when transporting pallets. He was fined an additional £5,000 for failing to carry out sufficient risk assessment in relation to the pallet transportation process.
The judge took into account Mr Abraham’s age and the fact that although he would recover from his physical injuries, he had been left psychologically damaged. Mr Abraham quit his job last year due to anxiety and does not want to work with vehicles in future. The judge ruled that failure to carry out a proper risk assessment and a lack of training had led to the forklift accident.
Claiming compensation for accidents at work
Accidents have the potential to happen in any workplace, and if you have been injured, you may be wondering whether you are eligible to claim compensation. In the case above, Mr Abraham’s’ employer was negligent and did not provide proper training or risk assess the situation in question. If your employer does not provide you with proper training or a safe work environment, they could be held responsible for your accident and subsequent injuries. The best way to find out if you are eligible to make a claim for compensation is to contact a personal injury lawyer.
How much compensation will I receive?
There is no hard and fast rule for how much compensation you’ll receive, but you could take the 30-second test on our website right now to give you an idea. Your settlement will usually take into account your pain and suffering as well as any loss of earnings due to time off work. Accident Advice Helpline can answer any questions you may have and offer confidential, no-obligation advice on our freephone, 24/7 helpline – 0800 689 0500. What’s more, we work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, so that’s one less thing to worry about. Call our professional team of personal injury lawyers today and see how we can help you get the ball rolling on your claim.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown