Clothing company fined £8,000 after employee suffers serious head injuries
UK clothing company, have been fined £8,000 by the Health and Safety Executive after an employee’s suffered a head injury.
The employee was working in the shop window of the Leamington Spa branch when the accident happened. To access the shop window you must climb a set of stairs and then push open 2 "trapdoors". There is no way to secure the trap doors open apart from their weight (15kg).
Whilst the employee was standing on the stairs the trapdoors fell shut and trapped her head between the floor and the door. The employee suffered serious head injuries and was diagnosed with "post head injury syndrome" which includes symptoms of persistent headaches unresponsive to conventional painkillers, and tiredness.
The employee has been off work now for 8 months and still suffers from headaches.
The clothing company pleaded guilty to an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, following a Warwick District Council investigation.
Phil Gower, Head Injury Solicitor at Simpson Millar LLP states: "Head injuries appear in all shapes and sizes and we understand the difficulties that many victims face after such an injury. Many have long term damage which can range in severity."
"Employers have a duty of care to protect their employees at all times and any breach of this duty could result in a heavy fine from the Health and Safety Executive and payment of damages to the injured party."
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