Solicitors are pursuing compensation for a mechanic injured at work due to a transit van driving over him while he was cleaning out a car inspection pit.
The thirty-four year old mechanic – Stuart Currey from Morecambe in Lancashire – was cleaning out a car inspection pit at his employer´s workshop, when a young apprentice who was unaware of Stuart´s presence drove a transit van over the top of the pit.
Stuart was dragged under the transit van for ten metres and suffered horrific injuries. After colleagues jacked the van up off of him, Stuart was air-lifted to the Royal Preston Hospital suffering from fractures to his pelvis, hips, spine, shoulder and ribs.
Stuart remained in hospital for five weeks over the Christmas of 2014 and was discharged on New Years Eve. He still uses a wheelchair and crutches to move around and, due to his pelvis and hip injuries, now has one leg shorter than the other.
Stuart and his wife sought legal advice to see if he was entitled to compensation for a mechanic injured at work. At the same time, the Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation into Stuart´s accident and prosecuted his employer – Pye Motors Ltd. – for failing to implement measures that could have prevented the accident.
Earlier this week, representatives of Pye Motors Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at Preston Magistrates Court. Although sentencing of his employer will not take place until January 2017, the admission of liability will allow Stuart´s solicitor to push forward with his claim for compensation for a mechanic injured at work.
Speaking after the hearing, Stuart told reporters: “The injuries I suffered have had a huge impact on my family too, particularly my daughters. I’m glad Pye Motors has pleaded guilty to the charges brought by the HSE and hope that this is the first step to drawing a line under this traumatic time and that it will allow me to start rebuilding my life and focusing all my efforts on my recovery.”