Archive for February, 2011

150,000 Pounds Settlement for Death of Worker from Mesothelioma Cancer

Posted on: February 13th, 2011

The former employers of the late Mr. Leslie Rayner are to pay 150,000 pounds work illness compensation after he died from the asbestos-related disease of mesothelioma.

The High Court in London have approved a work illness compensation settlement of 150,000 pounds to the widow and son of Mr. Leslie Rayner, who contracted mesothelioma cancer due to exposure to asbestos fibres while working as a foreman electrician for the Pilkington Group PLC between 1953 and 1983.

Mr. Rayner formerly of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, died from the disease in June 2008, leaving behind  a widow, Irene, and son Keith. The work illness settlement will be divided between Irene and Mr. Rayner’s estate, as Irene is a classified as a protected person and unable to manage her own affairs.

At the High Court in London, St Helens-based Pilkington Group PLC accepted liability for Mr. Rayner’s death and confirmed their offer to pay 150,000 pounds to the Rayner family as well as their costs.

Cyclist Crash with Road Sign Results in 5,000 Pounds Compensation

Posted on: February 12th, 2011

A Bournemouth cyclist is to receive 5,000 pounds in cyclist crash with road sign compensation from the Borough of Poole, after suffering an injury when crashing into an unlit temporary road works sign.

Bournemouth County Court heard how Mr. Roger Excell, a machine engraver from Bournemouth, was cycling to work along a dedicated cycle path in the early hours of August 14, 2007, when  he crashed into the sign which had been left unlit on the path adjacent to Canford Way in Poole.

Despite having a strong headlight on his bike, Mr. Excell claimed that he did not see the sign until it was too late to avoid it. The impact from the collision split Mr. Excell’s helmet, caused an injury to his elbow and torn muscles and ligaments in groin and legs.

The court was told that Mr. Excell was unable to walk properly for months after the accident – having to use a Zimmer frame and walking stick for support, and undergoing a brain scan as a precaution against more severe injuries. Mr. Excell also had to take a week away from work during which time his wife, who suffers from arthritis, had to care for him and perform the daily household chores he was unable to do.

Making the cyclist crash with road sign compesnation award of 5,000 pounds and ordering the Borough of Poole to pay a further 8,000 in costs, the judge at Bournemouth County Court said he wanted to make it clear that they (the Borough of Poole) have a responsibility to protect cyclists and other path users.

Paper Worker Hand Injury Award of 300,000 Pounds Compensation

Posted on: February 11th, 2011

A factory worker from Kendall, Lancashire, whose hand and arm were crushed in a paper manufacturing machine, has agreed a paper worker hand injury compensation settlement of 300,000 pounds.

Wayne Miller, 48, was a worker at James Cropper PLC in June 2008, and had been attempting to fix a paper roller at their premises in Burnside, Lancashire, when part of his left sleeve became caught in the machinery dragging his hand and arm between the rollers.

The accident caused Mr. Miller to sustain friction burns which ripped nerves from his wrist, and left him requiring skin grafts and reconstructive surgery. His injuries have left him with no grip in the affected hand and stop him from doing any other manual job.

James Cropper PLC admitted liability for Mr. Miller’s injuries but alleged that the accident occurred because Mr. Miller had chosen to work alone in contradiction to the company’s health and safety policy, and that he had also removed guarding from his machine in order to attempt the repair.

The settlement, which was negotiated outside of court, was reduced from the amount initially claimed of 375,000 pounds to 300,000 pounds due to this contributory negligence, and James Cropper PLC have now installed safety guards on all their machinery to prevent a re-occurrence.

The Health and Safety Executive have yet to give their final review on this accident.

Shop Worker Awarded 9,600 Pounds After Early Learning Centre Fall

Posted on: February 6th, 2011

An Early Learning Centre worker, who fell from a ladder while trying to retrieve a toy tractor for a customer, has been awarded 9,600 pounds shop worker compensation in a court action against her former employees.

Elizabeth McLachan, 40, was employed at the Early Learning Centre shop in Parkhead Forge, Glasgow, in October 2007, when asked by a colleague for assistance in reaching a box that had been placed at the rear of a shelf.

Having unsuccessfully managed to reach it herself, Elizabeth – a mother of two – chose to descend the ladder she was using to reposition it at a more suitable angle. However, during her descent she fell and suffered soft tissue injuries to her lower back, calf and elbow.

It was found that the legs of the ladder were splayed and it was not correct for the job. Elizabeth phoned her manager to report the accident and then sought medical attention at the A&E in Wishaw, Glasgow – returning to work the following Monday despite her injuries.

The court was told that although many of her injuries have now healed, Elizabeth still suffered pain in her lower back which stopped her from walking or driving for long periods of time without a rest. She also experiences issues in caring for her disabled husband and has to rely on her two teenage daughters for help with the housework and the shopping.

The Early Learning Centre accepted liability for Ms McLachan’s injuries due to their breach of the Work at Height Regulations.