Broken pelvis could lead to damages pursuit

Broken bones sustained by a man during an accident at work could lead to him seeking personal injury compensation.

Peter Hoy suffered a fractured pelvis and various internal injuries when he was crushed by the brick clamp of a lorry loader while operating at premises owned by Jewsons Builders Merchants in Somerset in November last year.

The 47-year-old construction worker climbed on to a roof in order to make a pallet of goods more accessible for him and a colleague, but was injured when his co-worker accidentally clamped him in the equipment's grabbing mechanism.

An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive established that this practice was in "no way safe", meaning Mr Hoy's employers could now face civil action for damages.

Mark Pratten, who was controlling the machine, has admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

This comes after agency worker Algis Jevsejevas broke his leg during an accident at work at CW Dobbs and Sons in October 2010.

Posted by Emily Swanson ADNFCR-1500-ID-800760890-ADNFCR

17/10/2011 16:24