Morrisons could face compensation claim after accident at work

Morrisons may face a claim for personal injury compensation after an accident at work left one of its employees in need of an operation to amputate one of his big toes.

According to the Yorkshire Post, the unnamed man's foot was crushed while operating a pallet truck at the branch of the supermarket - which is the UK's fourth largest food retailer and has 403 stores nationwide - in Catcliffe.

The incident was caused by the company's negligence insofar as a safety feature on the workplace vehicle was not operational and had not been so for some time, an investigation found.

In a subsequent case heard at Rotherham Magistrates' Court, the firm admitted breaking health and safety legislation, meaning the anonymous employee may now decide to seek civil damages.

Councillor Jahangir Akhtar, cabinet minister for environmental health at Rotherham Council, commented: "Despite the pallet truck being found in a dangerous condition on a number of occasions in the week leading up to the accident, appropriate action was not carried out, with disastrous results."

Posted by Helen Jones

11/05/2011 16:50