GMB worker floored at Gatwick wins £4,000 compensation


Slip Trip HazardA worker at Gatwick Airport has been awarded compensation of £4,000 after tripping and falling on uneven flooring at the airport.

While working as a senior customer service agent on 5 February 2010, the GMB union member tripped and fell, turning her ankle on uneven flooring beneath the carpet between airport gates 55 A and E.

As well as injuring her knees, ankle, neck and shoulder, the woman had an existing knee problem which the accident exacerbated. This caused an extra 5 months of pain and discomfort.

After the GMB instructed Simpson Millar, we alleged that Gatwick Airport was liable for the accident in that it breached common law negligence and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations.

We based our case on the assertion that our client should expect to find her traffic routes in her workplace to be free from any obstruction that could cause her to fall – a provision which the defendant clearly had not made.

We were also advised that our client had suffered an accident in exactly the same place 3 years before, which she had reported at the time.

While her neck and shoulder injuries settled within days and her ankle injury healed within 6 weeks. The accident also exacerbated pre-existing knee problems our client had by 5 months. These factors were taken on board when we negotiated compensation of £4,000 with the defendant on the basis of the medical report and our client’s schedule.

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