Crush injury at work may lead to compensation

Broken bones may lead to compensation award 2691

Thomasz Hac suffered severe crush injuries to his abdominal area, as well as four broken ribs and a fractured shoulder, when he was crushed in a machine at Ward Recycling depot in Ilkeston.

At the time of the accident, Mr. Hac and a colleague were trying to clear a blockage in one of the firm's fragmentisers when a car, which was trapped in the machine, slipped and fell on top of him.

The man was able to return to work for nearly three months but after this accident he has since moved on; and is expected to claim compensation for broken bones.

During an investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), it was established that parent company Donald Ward Limited had not put safety measures in place to prevent such an accident from occurring.

Sarah Jardine of the HSE said, "The company should have foreseen the risks and devised a safe way of removing blockages that didn't involve workers being put in the way of something that was likely to move."

Posted by Emily Swanson ADNFCR-1500-ID-801415166-ADNFCR

25/07/2012 16:07