Tripping hazard leads to £2,750 compensation for CWU member
A postal worker has won a damages claim against the Royal Mail
after falling foul of a tripping hazard at his workplace
On 21 February 2012 the worker, a member of the Communication Workers' Union
, was going about his normal morning routine at the Royal Mail's Heathrow depot. Walking towards the culling station, he tripped on a torn anti-fatigue mat
and he fell, glancing his face against the corner of a metal conveyor.
He suffered a cut to his eyebrow, bruising to his face and a soft tissue injury to his left knee. Although the CWU member was not forced to take time off work – for some months he was placed on rehabilitation duties
– he would not properly recover from his injuries for a full year.
On his behalf we submitted a claim for compensation to his employer. The Royal Mail promptly accepted responsibility under the Occupiers' Liability Act
and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations: as defendant, it had failed to provide a safe place for our client to work
and the anti-fatigue mat had been defective, constituting a tripping hazard that caused him to fall.
Our client duly received personal injury compensation of £2,750
. Sometime after the accident, the floor problem was rectified and a safety cushion was fixed to the metal conveyor.