Prison Driver awarded £1,450 for slip at work


Simpson Millar has won £1,450 compensation for a prison driver after a slip at work.

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The slip occurred when the driver was checking vehicles before starting the day as instructed by his employers. He then slipped on what he believed to be oil.

Our client made his way to his manager and recorded the workplace accident in an accident book. He applied ice to the affected area and tried to carry on and complete his working day.

However, he was unable to, and was collected by his family, who took him into hospital.

Our client sustained soft tissue damage to his knee as a result of the slip at work.

The employers had failed to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the health risks that our client was exposed to whilst at work contrary to the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

For example, no risk assessment had been undertaken to identify the risks to the health and safety of employees. There had also been no attempt to clean up the area which created a slipping hazard. They had allowed the floor of a traffic route to become and remain slippery and thereby created a risk that was foreseeable.

The defendant’s insurers admitted liability subject to allegations of contributory negligence at 25%, as they argued that our client had a duty to be vigilant and clear away any spillages that he saw.

Based on medical evidence and how much overtime our client has lost, following negotiations with the defendant’s insurers we were able to successfully argue that a lower level of contributory negligence was applicable and he was awarded £1,450 in damages for his personal injury claim.

Chris Hoyle, Personal Injury Solicitor at Simpson Millar said: “This case shows that employers are under a duty to ensure that they provide a safe place of work for employees and to ensure that traffic routes are free from obstructions which may cause employees to slip, trip or fall.”

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