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Jason Ripley suffered lung damage and three broken ribs when a steel bar penetrated his chest while he was dropping off a load of timber at premises owned by the Henry Williams Group - a firm established in 1883 - in Darlington in August 2008.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that a steel tube measuring six metres in length and 60mm in diameter went through his windscreen and impaled the 42-year-old.
Mr Ripley had to be airlifted to hospital for emergency treatment and subsequently had to take ten weeks off work, but he has now made a full recovery.
The HSE ruled that the Henry Williams Group had not properly assessed the potential risks involved with this equipment when vehicles were on its site, meaning the driver could decided to pursue damages for his ordeal.
Posted by Emily Swanson
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