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Home > News > Personal Injury News

15th January 2008

Raised Inspection Cover Leads To Compensation Of £1800

A Wax Room Operator from Exmouth in Devon employed by Howmet Limited was awarded compensation for the injuries that he sustained when he tripped over an inspection cover in the floor which had been raised and left open.

Robert Crosbie, aged 58, fell over the inspection cover at his employer’s premises at Kestrel Way, Sowton Industrial Estate in Exeter.

Mr Crosbie needed to fetch some oil to continue with his work. He walked to a cupboard which was a short distance away, to where the oil was stored. As he was returning the oil to the cupboard, he tripped and fell onto his knee, suffering a painful injury.

The representatives of his employer, Howmet Limited, offered him £1800 in an out of court settlement which he accepted.

Mr Crosbie says: “I was signed off from work for two weeks, during which time my knee was bruised and swollen. I needed to use a walking stick to get around. When I returned to work I found that the inspection cover had been sealed tightly. My symptoms caused by this accident took three months to recover.”

Lisa Hopper from Clear Answers' lawyers, Thompsons Solicitors in Plymouth, who represented Mr Crosbie commented: “This case highlights what can go wrong when obstructions are not attended to in the workplace and the lost working time that can result.”

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Please ring us on 0800 783 9019 if you or a family member has been injured in these circumstances, and speak to one of our advisers. They will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, talk you through the claims process in plain English and answer any questions you may have regarding your claim. Alternatively, you may prefer to complete one of our online compensation claim forms and one of our representatives will contact as soon as possible.

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