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Manhole Cover Trip Settlement for Man

Posted on: June 11th, 2011

A man, who sustained injuries to his legs when tripping over a manhole cover, has won an undisclosed manhole cover trip compensation settlement from Sheffield City Council.

Keith Unwin (62) of Gleadless, Sheffield, was walking over grassland to get to his garage in February 2010, when he tripped over a broken sewer manhole cover and badly injured his legs and shins.

Complaining to Sheffield City Council that the grassland was poorly maintained, Keith was told that the authority was not responsible for his injuries and was advised that an alternative footpath existed which he should have utilised to access the garage.

However after taking legal advice, and photographs of overgrown footpath which also suffered from broken street lighting, the authority admitted liability and agreed the undisclosed compensation amount.