Can an Employer be Liable for an Accident to one Worker Caused by Another?
A postal worker has been awarded personal injury compensation following an accident at work caused by a colleague
On 8 March 2012 our client, an employee of Royal Mail
, was busy loading a van with a co-worker.
Co-worker Caused Accident
On finishing the task, he attempted to close the vehicle's ramp. However, without warning his hand was crushed and badly injured
when his colleague stepped onto the ramp.
He sought treatment and was found to have sustained soft tissue injuries
to his left hand and fingers.
Instructed by the Communication Workers Union (CWU)
on behalf of the postal worker, Simpson Millar LLP's Lisa Sheldon wrote to Royal Mail alleging that the accident was caused as a result of its negligence
"In a case like this the organisation is vicariously liable for acts of negligence by its employees
– and our client and his co-worker both worked for Royal Mail.
"The colleague stepped onto the ramp when it was clearly unsafe to do so
, and our client was injured. The defendant had also failed to provide our client with adequate training in the use of ramps."
Our client was awarded £1,700
in personal injury compensation.
Top Tips to Take Away
- Organisations are liable for acts of negligence by the own employees
- Adequate training for all equipment must be provided to you