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Boyes Turner’s Personal Injury Lawyers recovered £40,000 in compensation for a man who suffered a serious accident at work as a result of his employer’s failure to provide a safe system of work.

The claimant was a linesman at a factory which was involved with IT disposal and high security data erasure. In the course of his employment, the claimant was required to lift and manoeuvre personal computer equipment including monitors, towers, printers and servers. The items weighed 10-75 kgs each and the claimant’s work involved lifting them from trolleys onto the conveyor line and off again throughout the day.

The claimant had cleared data from several computer towers and then proceeded to lift the towers onto the conveyor line. The task involved lifting the items from a trolley about six inches above the floor to the line which was approximately three feet high. During the course of lifting the towers the claimant injured his back and arm. The work which the claimant carried out was a manual handling operation to which the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 applied.

A Letter of Claim was sent to the defendant company alleging breaches of the Health and Safety legislation and in particular the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 and negligence. Proposals to settle the matter by consent were rejected by the defendant and proceedings were issued.

Supporting expert evidence was obtained from a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and consultant spinal surgeon.

The Claimant had ongoing symptoms and suffered a disc prolapse. He undertook physiotherapy and nerve block injection.

The claimant was made redundant from the defendant company following the accident. A loss of earnings claim was made. An early interim payment was sought and agreed.

Following issue and service of proceedings liability was admitted and judgment was entered against the defendant.

The claim was negotiated to a settlement of £40,000 for the claimant.