Teenager could sue employer after accident at work

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A facial injury sustained by a teenager during an accident at work may lead to him seeking compensation from his employer.

Ben Burgin required restorative surgery on his eye socket and nose following an incident at premises owned by Stagecoach Yorkshire - part of the Stagecoach group that employs 18,000 people nationwide - in Barnsley in September 2009.

Mr Burgin - who was a 17-year-old apprentice at the time - was helping an experienced member of staff fix a braking fault on one of the firm's fleet of buses when its air suspension failed.

This resulted in the 14-tonne vehicle dropping on top of him and seriously injuring his face.

It has since been established that Stagecoach decided to attempt to mend the problem without using a proper inspection pit.

The company has admitted breaching health and safety regulations and Mr Burgin - who has since returned to work - could therefore pursue a claim for compensation against it.

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14/12/2011 13:43