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.