An Innocent Ride From a Royal Mail Car Park – What Happened Next?


A postal worker who fell from his motorbike after skidding on a discarded tin can has been awarded personal injury compensation.

Risk of Accident

On 28 January 2011 the 47 year-old was leaving Royal Mail's Worsley, Manchester premises on his motorcycle. Without warning, the bike skidded on a squashed drinks can that had been discarded inside the Royal Mail car park, close to the exit.

The man was thrown from his bike, landing near the gate resulting in soft tissue and muscular damage to his right ankle, his hip and his left thumb.

Surprise Injuries

Acting for the man on instructions from the Communications Workers' Union (CWU), Simpson Millar LLP's Lisa Sheldon said:

"This was a clear breach of common law, and the statutory duty of care owed to a man who was injured due to the negligence of another party."

Safety Failures

For this reason we wrote to Royal Mail claiming compensations as a result of an accident that certainly could have been prevented. In failing to keep the car park tidy, they had allowed it to become unsafe, posing a danger to the postal worker with a foreseeable risk of harm.

We helped secure personal injury compensation of £1,500.

Top Tips to Take Away

  • Membership off a trade union may offer certain legal protections
  • An innocent daily activity should not result in personal injury
  • Common workplace areas should be kept clean and tidy to avoid accidents

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