Head injury could lead to personal injury compensation claim

Head injury could lead to personal injury compensation claim

Head injuries suffered by a man during an accident at work may result in him seeking a settlement for personal injury compensation from his employer.

Douglas Mortimer fell around five feet onto a concrete floor while carrying out his mill operative duties for East Coast Viners Grain - a Scottish firm that was originally set up in 1977 - in Stonehaven.

Mr Mortimer's fall occurred after he climbed into an excavator bucket to help with the process of preparing animal feed and consequently lost his balance. As a result of his impact on the ground surface, the worker sustained a cut to his head and was also knocked unconscious for around five minutes.

In a subsequent case heard at Stonehaven Sherrif Court, the company admitted breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, meaning Mr Mortimer may pursue a damages claim.

Colin Leaver, inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, commented: "What happened to Mr Mortimer was entirely preventable and could have easily resulted in him being killed."

Posted by Helen Jones
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15/04/2011 17:08