Woman who slipped over at diesel pump wins £2,200 compensation


Following injuries to a woman after she slipped over at an industrial estate, we brought a successful compensation claim against the local council on instruction by the GMB union.

On 24 March 2011 our client, who worked for Care Connect, was keying-in details at a diesel fuel pump located on an Industrial Estate.

As she left the pump her left foot was caught on a diesel hose, while her right foot slipped on a diesel spillage, resulting in her falling and sustaining severe injuries.

She suffered cuts and bruising to her ear and head, along with a deep laceration to her right ear. Since her lobe had become detached from her ear, she was forced to seek hospital attention.

On instruction by the GMB union, we alleged that the local council was responsible for the woman's injuries based on 15 breaches of the Occupiers' Liability Act 1957 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

Among these were failure of the Council to ensure a safe passage around its premises; failure to ensure sand or other gritting materials were onsite to deal with spillages; and allowing Council premises to become hazardous and thus subjecting our client to a foreseeable risk of injury.

We were able to obtain an admission of liability from the defendant. On providing a medical report, we negotiated a settlement for our client of £2,200.

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