A worker at Stansted Airport, who sustained a debilitating back injury after a luggage vehicle accident, has settled his airport baggage handler back injury compensation claim against his employers out of court.
Sixty-four year old Mr Mick Draper from Braintree, Essex, sustained his serious back injury while working for air freight firm Swissport in March 2009. A buggy, used for pulling trailers packed full of baggage, collided with Mick while he was moving an empty trolley, throwing him several feet onto a nearby luggage chute.
Mick continued to work at the airport for several weeks even thought he was in some pain. One morning in April 2009 he awoke to find that he was unable to move when he woke up. After being sent by his doctor for appropriate physiotherapy, specialists diagnosed Mr Draper as having three broken bones in his back. He had to undergo a series of re-constructive procedures; despite which he still finds it painful difficult to walk, lift and complete basic domestic tasks.
An official enquiry into the airport accident showed that the buggy driver who lost control of his luggage vehicle had been worked shifts of seventeen hours for the eleven days in the lead up to the accident – despite warnings from Mick’s union to the Swissport managers that this was unsafe. On being informed of this Mick visited a solicitor and made a baggage handler injury compensation claim against his employers.
Swissport admitted that they had placed the health and safety of their baggage workers at serious risk by allowing employees to work such long hours and settled Mick´s baggage handler injury compensation claim for an undisclosed sum out of court.