£12,000 compensation secured after heavy lifting accident at work

We recently settled a claim for our client, a Polish national, who had an accident at work. She was requested by her supervisor to assist with lifting a heavy roll of fabric on to a guillotine which was positioned at one end of a cutting table.

The guillotine was at approximately 170 cm above floor level and the height of the cutting table was approximately 80 cm above floor level. The fabric roll weighed approximately 40 to 45 kilograms. The fabric roll was too heavy for our client and her supervisor to lift on to the guillotine whilst they remained standing on the ground. Therefore they needed first to climb up onto the cutting table and then, while standing on the cutting table, to lift the fabric roll from the cutting table on to the guillotine. 

Thereafter our client crouched down on the cutting table and gently jumped down to the ground as she could not discend from the table top by swinging her legs over the side of the cutting table as it had several features installed along its side.

As our client landed she fell and twisted her ankle and injured herself. She sustained a sprained ankle with capsular and ligament injury.

Liability was denied by the defendant and we had to commence Court proceedings in this matter. We successfully argued that the defendant was in breach of various Regulations in particular the Occupiers Liability Act 1957, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Work at Height Regulations 2005, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (“PUWER”) and the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. The defendant failed to provide our client with a safe system of work and safe work equipment.

Liability was eventually admitted in their defence and the matter settled out of court for £12,000. 

The service was personal, professional and considered. I was treated so kindly and in the end I knew that not only had I found the right organisation but also the right person.

Boyes Turner client

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