Why did an RSC cage lead to a compensation payout from Royal Mail?
An HGV driver working for Royal Mail has won personal injury compensation
following an accident caused by a defective cage system.
Door fell from mount
On 12 September 2011 the 57 year-old, from Formby near Liverpool, was at Preston Unit Services removing an RSC cage of mail. All of a sudden the cage door fell from its mounting and hit him
, causing a soft tissue injury
to his head and face.
A doctor's examination later revealed he had been concussed, which naturally required urgent medical attention and treatment
. The driver was also forced to take time off work
until 21 September.
We arranged medical report
When the driver asked Simpson Millar LLP to pursue a personal injury at work claim, we helped arrange an appointment with a medical expert
. The specialist was able to provide a report on which we could base our negotiations with Royal Mail for a reasonable settlement.
Acting for the driver, Lisa Sheldon said the defective equipment had exposed him to a foreseeable risk of injury. "The risk was increased due to someone's failure to close the door properly
, and failure to ensure a safe route to manoeuvre the RSCs to the vehicle without unnecessary vibrations.
"Given the driver could not work and lost earnings for 2 weeks
after the accident, it was only right that we should vigorously pursue a personal injury claim against his employer. In due course our client received compensation of £1,575
Top tips to take away:
- The equipment you use at work must be regularly checked by your employer to make sure it's safe
- Be wary of equipment your co-workers might have used before you – not everyone is that careful