Farm Worker May Claim for Serious Foot Injury

Farm worker may pursue damages for foot injury

An agricultural employee may claim personal injury compensation after he sustained a severe foot injury during an accident at work.

Andrew Walis needed to have his toe amputated after an accident at a farm in Aberdeenshire. His foot became trapped in the mechanism of a lime spreading machine after he slipped over while working with Rhys Anderson, a partner in Burnton Farm.

Following the accident at work, Mr Walis required amputation surgery to remove his toe, while two other toes were also seriously damaged which led to him needing three months off work.

Therefore, after Stonehaven Sheriff Court ruled that the farm, which admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, had not provided sufficient training to its employees.

Consequently, the 32-year-old may now claim for personal injury compensation on the grounds of both his physical ordeal as well as loss of earnings and could also have suffered emotionally from the accident.

18/03/2011