Routine Post Delivery… What Happened Next?


A Cambridgeshire postal worker who tripped over a hidden cable as he made a delivery has been awarded compensation.

Accident Report

Andrew McAdden was on his delivery walk in Leverington Common, Wisbech, when he encountered the hidden caravan cable crossing his path. He tripped on the cable and fell, cutting his head.

Lacerations and Neck-ache

A subsequent examination revealed that Mr McAdden had sustained a vertical laceration head wound and a cut to his nose, which both required stitches, along with cuts and grazes to his knees. He was also suffering from an aching neck.

As this was a clear case of negligence on the part of the cable's owner, we wrote to the householder on the instruction of the postal union, the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

Householder Clearly Responsible

"The claim demonstrated how householders are responsible for their property and what they do there," explained Simpson Millar LLP's Gary Tierney, acting for Mr McAdden. "In this case, they left a cable across their pathway which caused a tripping hazard to our client who, as their postman, was a lawful visitor."

Tripping Hazard

"The owners breached statutory duty by allowing an object to remain on the floor when it was an obstruction," Gary continued. "They exposed our client to a foreseeable risk of injury, having trailed the cable from their mobile home across Mr McAdden's path, causing a tripping hazard."

Gary added that after the accident the householders erected a new letter box on their gate.

Client was "very pleased"

Following his compensation award of £2,721.75, Mr McAdden expressed himself "very pleased with the service received" from Simpson Millar LLP.

Top Tips to Take Away

  • Householders are responsible for their property and should make it safe for a lawful visitor
  • You should seek medical attention after any head injury

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