Injury to CWU member's hand leads to damages settlement


Hand InjuriesFollowing an instruction from the CWU, Simpson Millar has won compensation of £1,250 for a union member in Essex.

On 17 February 2012, our client was at a West Thurrock industrial park loading his Royal Mail van with boxes. Unfortunately one of the boxes had been loaded incorrectly by its sorter onto its cage.

Since the box now lay on its side, it was impossible for the worker to lift it using the side holes as stipulated by his employers.

With the worker forced to put his hand into the lifting hole to pull the heavy box forward, the drum fell forward onto his right hand, causing a crushing injury to his right hand. In due course this would lead to the loss of the fingernail on his right index finger.

On behalf of the CWU and its member, we were able to settle our client's claim against his employer, Royal Mail Group, without the need for a medical examination: an uneconomical measure given the nature of the postal worker's injuries. Compensation was duly settled at £1,250.

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