Successful damages claim after driver's injury at work


Simpson Millar has helped a Hampshire delivery driver who suffered an injury at work win £1,250 damages from a negligent employer.

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On the morning of 15 October 2009, the driver was at his employer's depot unloading a heavy pallet from the rear of his lorry.

As he tried to drag the 70kg pallet across the trailer bed he slipped and effectively 'did the splits', causing a bruising to his groin area which would take almost a fortnight to heal.

Prior to the accident the man had been employed for 8 years by a distribution and logistics company. We argued that the firm was negligent and in breach of its statutory duties in that it failed to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of risks to the health and safety of our client, contrary to the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Other counts included failure to provide adequate health and safety training, personal protective equipment and lifting aids.

At first, the defendant denied liability for the accident. But we were able to prove that the firm had failed in its obligation to provide manual handling training and a statement of method. In due course damages were settled at £1250.

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