Injured Postal Worker Compensated for Falling Trailer Door at Work


A postal worker has received compensation from his employer following an accident in the summer of 2010. He was working at a Yorkshire postal distribution centre.

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Struck on the Head

Unloading York containers from the back of an HGV on the site, the 44 year-old was re-entering the lorry's trailer when its door fell and struck him on the head.

Permanent Scarring

The fall was heavy enough to cause the worker facial injuries, in turn leading to scarring which later would prove permanent.

Instructed by the Communications Workers Union (CWU), Misty Cawley of Simpson Millar LLP wrote to the Royal Mail alleging that, as the man's employer when the accident occurred, it was responsible for the defective trailer door and the worker's subsequent injury.

Foreseeable Risk

"Royal Mail had failed to provide and maintain both suitable equipment and a safe place of work," Misty commented. "Along with numerous other breaches of Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations, this meant the organisation had exposed the worker to a foreseeable risk of injury."


Misty noted he sustained a blow to the head which caused abrasions and concussion. He also suffered from bleeding to the nose and bruising to the forehead.

"While thankfully much of the scarring improved with time, some has remained, a fact of which he is very conscious," Misty said. "For the injury and the attendant distress, he was awarded compensation of £2,000."

Top tips to take away:

  • Employers are duty-bound to provide a safe environment for their workers
  • If you're injured on your employer's premises you could be entitled to compensation
  • If you're uncertain of where you stand, speak to a member of Simpson Millar LLP's personal injuries team – we'll put you in the picture about the claims procedure

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