Postal Worker Injured by Faulty Doors
A Rotherham postal worker has received compensation from her employer
following an accident in which her jaw was broken.
On 17 September 2010, the 39 year-old woman was walking through an electronic door to the platform
at her workplace in Brightside Lane, Sheffield.
Although the doors were in the open position, they suddenly closed
as she walked through, hitting her on her right side
and causing injury to the right side of her jaw.
A subsequent medical examination revealed the worker to have suffered a broken jaw on the right side
and bruising to her right side and breast.
She continues to suffer pain and clicking from her fractured jaw
, particularly when chewing.
A later assessment revealed a fault with the sensors on the doors, and that similar accidents had occurred
in the past.
Royal Mail was Negligent
We wrote to Royal Mail alleging that the group was negligent in that it had failed to provide and maintain suitable equipment, creating a shortfall in the protection afforded to its employees.
The total of ten counts which breached Health and Safety legislation added up to the defendant exposing its employee
to a risk of injury which in the circumstances was foreseeable.
"This is a case where a defect had not been repaired, despite previous incidents, and as a result our client was injured," commented Misty Cawley of Simpson Millar, who acted for the worker on the instruction of the CWU
Importance of Reporting Problems
Our client was awarded a compensation settlement of £5,000
, after which Misty concluded: "It is important that if you notice a defect in your workplace, it is reported through the appropriate channels.
"Not only can this ensure the defect is repaired, but it also makes a record of the defect; if someone is again injured as a result of the same problem, the record can help clarify matters."