GMB member wins £2,000 damages for shin injury


We have obtained a successful settlement of £2,000 for a paramedic and GMB member whose shin was injured while he was on ambulance duty.

According to Carley-Anne Hurley of Simpson Millar, the paramedic was on an emergency callout in November 2011, routinely retrieving equipment from the ambulance using the vehicle's side door.

As he did so the mechanism failed, resulting in the door springing back and lifting the step, which caught on his right shin and caused a laceration.

It transpired that the door hinges were faulty, a fact that had been reported but had not been acted upon.

As the paramedic was a member of GMB, the union instructed us to pursue damages against South East Coast Ambulance Service. We alleged that the man's employer had breached the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Liability for the accident at work was agreed without argument by the defendant, who settled the matter at £2,000 compensation.

Acting for the worker, Carley-Anne Hurley said this was an accident waiting to happen. "The defendant clearly failed to maintain the door of the ambulance, leaving it inefficient and in poor working order," Carley-Anne said. "The result was that our client received a bad gash to his shin which could have been avoided."

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