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Workplace injury statistics 2012/2013
Accidents in the workplace are unfortunately far too common. According to statistics from the HSE website, over 80,000 employees were killed or seriously injured in the workplace last year (2012/2013). Some accidents such as a fall from height incidents, and injuries resulting from working with factory machinery are quite common, whereas others are quite unusual. Take for example the case of a 24-year-old assistant mechanic who was working the night shift at a bus company, when he was crushed between two buses.
Mistake leads to tragedy
Together with a colleague, the 24-year-old was trying to move a double-decker bus by manually pushing it backwards. Buses have an automatic safety device which engages the parking brake when the doors are opened. The 24 year-old got into the bus to put the gearbox into neutral. Without knowing, he inadvertently put it into gear. This meant that when he got out and closed the doors, the parking brake would automatically disengage itself after 3 seconds.
In the meantime, the men had got round to the front of the bus to push it backwards, but when the parking brake released, the bus moved slowly forwards. The young man’s colleague was able to escape in time, but the 24-year-old was trapped and crushed between the moving bus and a stationary one.
The injured man was rushed to hospital. He received emergency treatment, but remained in a coma for three months, after which he died.
Inadequate risk assessment to blame
When the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) investigated the incident, they found that the task of moving buses manually (something that that happened regularly on the night shift) had not been properly risk assessed.
Bus company fined
The bus company responsible entered a guilty plea in relation to breaching the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 plus another offence contravening the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They were fined the sum of £150,000 and instructed to pay additional costs of £35,119.
Valuing an unusual injury claim in Shotton
We here at Accident Advice Helpline feature an automatic HOW MUCH compensation calculator on our website. It forecasts how much compensation injury victims can expect to receive for most accidents and injuries within just 30 seconds.
If however your injury claim in Shotton is of a more unusual nature, you may need to chat to one of our customer service advisers in order to get an estimate of how much compensation you could be awarded. To do this simply call our free helpline on 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or of 0333 500 0993 from any mobile.