Injury at Work Compensation awarded after failure to maintain doors (breach of PUWER) causes work injury
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13th May 2008

Client receives compensation after injury at work causes damage to her wrist

Our client asked for our help in bringing an accident claim for injury at work compensation after she suffered a work injury. A heavy wooden door released itself unexpectedly and closed heavily on her wrist, trapping it between the door and a trolley. We provided injury at work compensation claim advice and although our client was unable to confirm she had securely inserted the hook into the eye, our specialist personal injury lawyers felt there was a case to answer.

The defendants, her employer, denied any liability throughout this compensation claim for a work related injury and it was necessary to issue court proceedings.

The defendants argued that the hook / eye system was not work equipment, and that in any event they had a system of inspection in place. This system involved the caretaker checking the hook / eye each morning, and he gave evidence that on the morning of the accident at work, they had been in a satisfactory condition.

However, another witness, also called by the defendants, actually confirmed that she had seen the door release itself on a separate occasion whilst investigating the workplace accident

The judge found that this system of checking was insufficient to identify the problem that had arisen and caused this work related accident. He found for our client in that it was work equipment and that PUWER Regulation 4 applied. This meant that the defendant was liable to maintain the hook / eye system in a safe and working condition and that their failure to do so had resulted in our client’s injury at work.

At trial, the judge awarded over £5,000 in compensation for our clients injury at work claim.

Compensation Claim

Clear Answers’ lawyers are specialists in all types of work related accidents. We have teams of experts waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your claim. Our advisers will be happy to talk to you, in plain English, through the injury at work claims process, provide you with expert legal advice and to answer any questions you may have regarding your personal injury claim.

If you or a family member has suffered an injury at work, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, you may prefer to complete our online compensation claim forms and one of our representatives will contact you at a time to suit you.

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