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The anonymous worker suffered serious injuries to his arms and chest after becoming trapped under a pack of stone slabs weighing 2.5 tonnes as he unloaded a lorry for Middlesex-based firm M & R Granite & Marble in London in October last year.
An investigation into this incident, which occurred in the borough of Hillingdon, revealed he was moving some material when a pack of these stones toppled from his truck and fell, pressing him against another pallet.
He then needed several operations as well as long-term rehabilitation, which is expected to negatively affect his future employment prospects.
In a case heard at the City of London Magistrates' Court, his boss admitted breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, meaning the man could be eligible for civil damages.
Posted by Craig Williams
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