Work Claims Solicitors

Work claims solicitors enable you to recover compensation when you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an accident at work due to the negligence of an employer or somebody at your workplace who owed you a duty of care. Solicitors who provide legal representation for work injury compensation claims look beyond the initial trauma that has been suffered and consider what the long-term financial and health implications of the injury may be – not only for you as the victim, but for those around you who may have to provide support for you through your recovery from a workplace injury. To get specific, individual advice about compensation claims for a work injury, call and speak directly with a work claims solicitor.

Company Sentenced for Health and Safety Breaches at Work and Fined £150,000

Posted on: January 5th, 2017

A Tyne and Wear engineering company has been sentenced by Newcastle Crown Court, and fined £150,000 for health and safety breaches at work.

The prosecution against PSL Worldwide Projects Ltd resulted from a workplace accident in July 2014 due to which two employees suffered severe chemical burns. The two men had been cleaning a pipe system at a site in Cramlington, Northumberland, when a chemical reaction occurred between the Sodium Hydroxide granules they were using and some water.

The reaction caused the cleaning solution to heat up and create pressure within a hose. The hose disengaged from its mounting and sprayed both men with the chemical solution – one suffering life-threatening burns to his back, arms, legs and head. The second man suffered slightly less serious burns to his back, left arm and head.

The accident was investigated by inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The inspectors found that an inadequate risk assessment had been conducted that led to the two men being provided with a hose not suitable for carrying out the work. It was also discovered that neither of the two men had been provided with adequate personal protective equipment.

The company was prosecuted for health and safety breaches at work that caused an avoidable accident. PSL Worldwide Projects pleaded not guilty to the charge of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, but were found guilty at Bedlington Magistrates´ Court last November. The case was subsequently referred to Newcastle Crown Court for sentencing.

At the sentencing hearing, judges heard that PSL Worldwide Projects Ltd had subsequently gone into liquidation. Although unable to order costs against the company, the judges issued a fine of £150,000 for the health and safety breaches at work. Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Laura Catterall said:

“If a suitable risk assessment had been undertaken it would have identified that the equipment being used was not right for the chemicals or the work being carried out. All companies who work with high hazard chemicals should learn from this case and ensure that their workers are properly protected.”

Company Fined £3 Million for Employee Chemical Injuries at Work

Posted on: November 10th, 2016

Hull Crown Court has fined a Grimsby company £3 million for breaching health and safety regulations that resulted in employee chemical injuries at work.

In the early hours of 5th March 2010, Paul Doyley (48) was working underneath a large metal tank at the Crystal Pigment chemical plant in Grimsby, when a build-up of Titanium Tetrachloride within the tank came into contact with water and created a violent reaction, rupturing the vessel.

Paul was showered with the corrosive liquid and, as the liquid came into contact with the air, a toxic vapour cloud was created, causing internal injuries to his lungs as he breathed in. Two colleagues who tried to rescue Paul also suffered employee chemical injuries at work.

The toxic vapour cloud expanded rapidly to several metres in height and was blown across the River Humber – closing the shipping lanes for several hours. The incident was eventually brought under control by the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.

Paul was taken to the Pinderfield´s Hospital in Wakefield, where he received specialist treatment for his employee chemical injuries at work. Tragically he died from his injuries on 18th March. One of rescuers – Ron Ingoldby – survived his injuries, but now has irreversible lung damage.

An investigation into the accident that caused the employee chemical injuries at work was launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). HSE inspectors found that Crystal Pigment UK Ltd had deviated from the normal procedures for the management of Titanium Tetrachloride.

The HSE inspectors also found that parts of the plant were poorly designed and that the company had not established robust safety management procedures and systems of work to assess and control risk. Furthermore, there were no measures in place to ensure what procedures were in place were actually followed.

The HSE prosecuted Crystal Pigment UK Ltd for breaching Sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. At Hull Crown Court the company pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined £2.4 million for the incident that led to the employee chemical injuries at work, plus a further £600,000 for breaching the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 in a later incident in which fortunately nobody was harmed.

Solicitors Pursue Compensation for a Mechanic Injured at Work

Posted on: October 26th, 2016

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.”

£11.9 Million Compensation for Noise Induced Hearing Loss Paid to PSNI Officers

Posted on: September 12th, 2016

According to a data revealed in a Freedom of Information request, £11.9 million compensation for noise induced hearing loss has been paid to PSNI officers.

The Freedom of Information request was made by Sein Feinn MLA and Policing Board member Gerry Kelly and relates to the period between October 2013 and October 2015. During this period, 2,415 claims for noise induced hearing loss were settled in favour of current and former officers of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

The claims relate to a failure by the PSNI to provide suitable hearing protection during weapons training. As the only routinely armed police force in the UK, PSNI officers had to undergo regular training. The injuries suffered by the officers range from tinnitus to partial deafness, with the individual settlements of compensation for noise induced hearing loss varying according to the level of injury sustained.

A spokesperson from the Police Federation for Northern Ireland said that many claims still remain unresolved. “There were deficiencies in the ways in which officers were protected from damage to their hearing”, the spokesperson told the Belfast Telegraph. “These claims come forward because damage has been caused and all officers are awarded is what the courts deem to be appropriate settlements.”

Mr Kelly expressed concerns about the “staggering” amount of compensation for noise induced hearing loss paid out over the two years, and alleged that the claims had been mishandled by the police service. However, a statement from the PSNI’s legal services branch refuted Mr Kelly´s allegations and said the service was confident all claims against the organisation were dealt with appropriately.

The Police Federation spokesperson added that PSNI officers should be treated no differently than other employees injured at work and that – since the 1960s – the police service had been aware of medical evidence connecting the lack of protection to noise induced hearing loss.

Court Hears School Maintenance Worker´s Accident Attributable to Negligence

Posted on: August 10th, 2016

Chelmsford Crown Court has heard how a school maintenance worker´s accident was attributable to the school failing to enforce health and safety policies.

On February 17th 2015, Keith Chandler (63) was one of a team of school maintenance workers restoring the Grade II listed Newnum House within the grounds of the Brentwood School in Essex. As Keith climbed onto the roof of the bay window he was helping to repair, his foot got caught and he fell 2.6 metres to the ground below.

Keith was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with a hairline fracture to his shoulder, five damaged vertebrae and a bruised kidney. Although he was able to return to work six weeks later, Keith is unable to climb ladders, work at height or lift heavy loads. His injury has also affected the leisure time he spends with his grandchildren.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation into the school maintenance worker´s accident, and found there were no effective guardrails or any other means of protection to prevent workers from falling from the roof of the bay window. The school´s trust – the Brentwood School Charitable Incorporated Organisation – was subsequently prosecuted for breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

At this week´s hearing of the Chelmsford Crown Court, Judge Charles Gratwicke heard that although the school had health and safety policies, they were not enforced. The school´s former maintenance manager – Anthony Bridger – told the court that it was difficult to enforce the policies on the school maintenance workers because they were “old school and just wanted to get on with the job”.

Representatives of the Brentwood School acknowledged that they had failed to monitor the level of supervision and direction being given to the maintenance team and admitted liability for the school maintenance worker´s accident. Commenting that the outcome could have been far worse if Keith had landed on his head, Judge Gratwicke fined the school £40,000 and ordered that it pay £1,477 costs.

British Family´s Claim for Quadbike Accident Injury Compensation Settled for Au$12 Million

Posted on: July 19th, 2016

A claim for quadbike accident injury compensation, made by the family of a British woman injured working in Tasmania, has been settled for Au$12 million.

In December 2011, Holly Raper from Chorley in Lancashire was just twenty-one years of age and on the adventure of a lifetime, backpacking around the world. Unfortunately, the budding photographer was seriously injured shortly after starting work at the King Island Dairy Farm in Tasmania.

Holly had been told to round up cattle and was given a quadbike to ride. However, while herding the cattle, Holly came off the vehicle and suffered a catastrophic brain injury that left her in a coma for several months.

Due to the severity of the injury, Holly is now quadriplegic. She was flown home from Tasmania in March 2013, but has to be cared for twenty-four hours a day due to being unable to move, feed herself or communicate.

Holly´s family received a compensation settlement of Au$290,000 from the Tasmanian Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Tribunal but, as this is insufficient to pay for Holly´s medical care, her family made a claim for quadbike accident injury compensation against the owners of the King Island Dairy Farm – David and Jocelyn Bowden.

The Bowden´s denied liability for Holly´s injuries and claimed that they had been caused by her own lack of care. However, solicitors acting on behalf of the family found that Holly had not been given a helmet to wear or properly instructed on how to manoeuvre a quadbike.

During the compilation of the claim for quadbike accident injury compensation, it was also discovered that the quadbike has serious defects. The rear brakes had been disconnected, the rear wheel had been put on backwards and there was excessive wear of the steering mechanism.

A hearing to determine liability was scheduled for April. But, due to Holly´s medical experts residing in the UK, Judge Steven Estcourt flew to Manchester to hear testimony before concluding the hearing in Hobart. Ultimately, Judge Estcourt found in Holly´s favour, dismissing claims of contributory negligence and finding the Bowden´s liable for Holly´s accident.

The judge awarded Holly Au$12 million in settlement of the claim for quadbike accident injury compensation. The settlement will be put into a trust in the UK to pay for Holly´s future care.

Lift Fall Injury Compensation Claim Resolved for Cardiff Care Worker

Posted on: January 4th, 2016

A lift fall injury compensation claim has been resolved for a care worker from Cardiff, who suffered life changing injuries in a workplace accident.

On 6th March 2012, Carol Conway (52) was working at the Pontcanna House Care Home in Cardiff as a care assistant. One of her duties that day involved taking 96-year-old resident May Lewis from her second floor bedroom to the ground floor for her breakfast.

As she had done many times before, Carol wheeled Mrs Lewis to the door of the lift and waited for it to arrive. When the bell rang to signify the arrival of the lift, Carol unlocked the lift door and reversed Mrs Lewis´ wheelchair to back her into the lift.

Unfortunately, due to a known fault, the lift platform had not arrived at the entrance and both Carol and Mrs Lewis fell 6.2 metres to the ground floor. Mrs Lewis died from her injuries, while Carol – who was knocked unconscious in the fall – broke her back, several ribs, and bones in her left foot and suffered a punctured lung.

An inquest into the accident found that the owners of the care home – Shirwan and Nasik Al-Mufti – had be advised that the lift was faulty and was not to be used except in an emergency. Nonetheless, they allowed staff at the care home to use an emergency access key that overrode the safety mechanism and enabled the door to be opened manually.

The owners were fined £75,000 by Cardiff Crown Court in August last year for breaches of health and safety regulations and ordered to pay £25,000 in costs after being prosecuted by the HSE. With liability for the accident proven, Carol made a lift fall injury compensation claim against Shirwan and Nasik Al-Mufti.

The lift fall injury compensation claim was settled by negotiation, with Carol receiving an undisclosed sum in excess of £50,000. “I was awarded compensation” Carol told her local newspaper after her lift fall injury compensation claim had been resolved, “but money will never change that terrible day. I think about it constantly. My heart goes out to May and her family. I am so sorry she died the way she did – it´s tragic”.

Claim for Forklift Truck Injury will need Resolution in Court

Posted on: December 23rd, 2014

A claim for a forklift truck injury will be heard at the High Court in the New Year after no agreement could be reached on how much compensation a welder should receive for his injuries.

On May 21st 2010, Scott Fewster was working as a welder for the climbing wall and skatepark manufacturer – Highline Extreme – when a 40Kg metal frame fell from a forklift truck and hit him. Scott was knocked to the floor and sustained head and neck injuries as a result of the accident. He also suffered severe bruising all over his body and was diagnosed with soft tissue injuries to both forearms.

Scott (40) – from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire – was incapacitated for three months after the forklift truck accident; during which time he was unable to work or drive, and needed assistance to complete everyday tasks. Scott had three operations on his hands and wrists in an attempt to repair the damage they had sustained, but he still drops thing regularly due to reduced sensation in his arms and hands.

Once he had recovered from his initial injuries, Scott returned to working for Highline Extreme but he found the workload too demanding and left his job six months later. He remained out of work until February 2013, and is now only able to perform light duties for a maximum of 30 hours a week. It is unlikely that Scott will ever be able to return to heavy manual labour.

Scott sought legal advice and made a claim for a forklift truck injury against his former employers. Having been issued with an Improvement Notice by the HSE to formulate a safe system of work for loading and unloading lorries using a forklift truck, Highline Extreme acknowledged liability for Scott´s injuries, but the two parties failed to agree how much compensation Scott was entitled to.

Scott has alleged in his claim for a forklift truck that he still suffers from occasional neck pain, dizzy spells and stiffness in his neck which prevent him from pursuing hobbies such as judo, table tennis and drumming. The company dispute the extent of Scott´s ongoing disability and an assessment by a consultant neuropsychiatrist has been arranged to establish the long term effect of Scott´s injuries. Consequently, the claim for a forklift truck injury will now have to be resolved in the High Court.

Magistrates Fine Tesco for Employee Lift Accident

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014

Magistrates at Southwark Crown Court have fined Tesco after an employee lift accident which resulted in one of their supermarket workers losing five toes.

The fine followed an investigation into an accident that occurred on 7th August 2009 at the Tesco Metro store in Victoria, central London, when Tesco worker Mohammed Ferdous (31) had been asked to assist with a fresh food delivery.

The Court heard how Mohammed was situated in the basement of the store, removing cages of food from the lift, and then sending empty cages back up to street level for them to be refilled. When he heard the second load descending, Mohammed opened the lift doors and stepped forward to retrieve the cages – using his right foot as leverage to help him extract them from the lift.

It was while Mohammed was removing the second series of cages that the lift car suddenly moved down, trapping his foot in the lift shaft and crushing all five toes. Colleagues were able to free Mohammed from the lift after ten minutes, but his toes were irreparably damaged and had to be amputated.

Mohammed made a Tesco employee lift accident claim for compensation in 2013, which was resolved out-of-court for a six figure settlement; however the company were prosecuted – along with the lift maintenance company Otis – after an investigation into the accident revealed that the safety of the lift had not been examined in the nine months leading up to the accident.

Both companies were charged with failing to discharge a duty and contravening a health and safety regulation contrary to Section 33 (1) (c) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, with Tesco being fined £115,000 and Otis £110,000 for their negligence which led to the Tesco employee lift accident.

Following the verdict, James Armitage, Westminster City Council’s food, health and safety manager said it was entirely unnecessary and would have been prevented if the companies had “collectively ensured that the lift was properly maintained”.

Government Propose New Scheme for Mesothelioma Compensation Claims

Posted on: December 6th, 2013

The Minister for Work and Pensions – Mike Penning – has announced a Government scheme which will enable workers to make mesothelioma compensation claims when their former employer has gone out of business.

At present, workers who contract mesothelioma cancer due to asbestos exposure can only make mesothelioma compensation claims if their former employer – or the insurance company that provided employer liability insurance at the time – is still trading.

If the employer/insurance company is no longer in existence, claimants have the option of claiming compensation for mesothelioma cancer through an existing Government program, which limits settlements to £20,000 and which can involve a stressful process.

This situation according to Mr Penning is an “injustice” which has left “many tragic victims and their families high and dry”, and now the Government is aiming to pass the Mesothelioma Bill through parliament so that the situation can be addressed in the first half of 2014.

Under the new proposals, it will be necessary to show that a claimant has contracted mesothelioma cancer through the negligence of an employer, and that the employer is no longer trading; however, a database of employer liability insurance policies being set up by the insurance industry will make this process quicker.

Furthermore, mesothelioma compensation claims will now be settled at 75 percent of the average civil claim settlement (currently £115,000) depending on an individual´s personal circumstance – a “major breakthrough for the many victims of this terrible disease” according to Mr Penning.

However, the proposals have been criticised by several cancer support groups, as they only address mesothelioma compensation claims and not other asbestos-related diseases. There has also been disappointment that the “cut-off” date of 25th July 2012 (the earliest that claimants were diagnosed with the disease) will make many long-term sufferers ineligible for compensation under the new scheme.

Note: It is estimated that 2,400 people die annually from mesothelioma cancer and, due to the length of time that the disease takes to manifest, the rate of fatalities due to mesothelioma cancer could increase over the next two decades. If you have any questions about claiming compensation for mesothelioma cancer for yourself or on behalf of a loved one, you should speak with a solicitor at the first possible opportunity.