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3rd September 2012

Back injury after being hit by moving object

Our specialist work accident compensation lawyers secured a five-figure sum for this client after she was hit in the back by an unsecured trolley.

The defendant's insurers refused to negotiate an acceptable sum and we were forced to issue court proceedings. However, through continued negotiation, we were able to reach a satisfactory settlement without proceeding to trial.

Hit by moving trolley

Our client had been working on a train on the day of her accident. The food trolleys were loaded and stored by a catering contractor. On this occasion, all the designated storage points were occupied and two trolleys had been left unsecured.

Whilst standing near the trolleys, the train braked sharply and one of the trolleys shot forward and hit our client forcefully in the back.

She suffered immediate pain in her lower back and was unable to continue working. At the first opportunity she went to hospital and received treatment for a lower back injury.

Following her injury at work, our client checked the trolley and discovered that the brakes were not working. Had it been locked into a designated position, it would have been prevented from moving when the train jolted.

No risk assessment

We brought this claim on the grounds that her employer had not carried out a risk assessment. Had they done so they would have identified that it posed a potential hazard to leave trolleys in the open area and not secured in a designated position.

Despite several previous accidents related to these trolleys, the defendant had also failed to carry out maintenance and inspection of the trolleys which would have identified that the brakes were faulty on this particular one. It should then have either been repaired or removed from service.

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