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Home > News > Personal Injury News

11th October 2006

Work Equipment Compensation Claim

Clear Answers lawyers, Thompsons Solicitors recently represented a council worker who was injured whilst helping his foreman unload traffic lights from a trailer. The traffic lights were a new battery type and the claimant who had done this job many times throughout his working life had never worked with this particular type before.

Whilst unloading the lights the client twisted his knee, this happened because one of the lights began to tip when loaded from the trailer onto the ramp, this was due to the trailer not being sufficiently stabilised, the claimant tried to move out of the way but in doing so injured himself.

Insufficient Safety Requirements

The judge ruled in favour of the claimant stating that there was a breach of statutory duty. The trailer was not suitably stabilised for use for someone that was in the position of the claimant.

It was also ruled that there was a breach of the provision and use of work equipment regulations with regards to the training giving to the claimant in terms of loading and unloading the trailer. The defendants pleaded contributory negligence however the judge rejected this plea and ruled in favour of the claimant in this accident claim.

Compensation Claim

Have you or a member of your family been involved in an accident at work through no fault of your own. If so contact Clear Answers expert accident at work solicitors on 0800 783 9019 or fill out an online compensation claim form.

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