Broken bones could result in compensation claim

Broken bones suffered by a man during an accident at work may result in him pursuing a claim for personal injury compensation from his employer.

Mark Connett sustained serious leg injuries including fractures to his knee and ankle when he became stuck under a load that fell off a forklift trick while in transit at a depot owned by Metaltech Precision, a Chard Junction-based metal engineering company.

At the time of the incident, the 36-year-old worker was guiding a load of angle irons when the vehicle tipped, leaving the produce to fall on to his body. His injuries were severe enough for him to require pins inserted in his knee to help the joint recover.

In a subsequent case heard at Yeovil Magistrates' Court, Metaltech admitted breaking the Health and Safety at work Act 1974, meaning the man may seek civil damages.

Official figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that 24 per cent of all workplace transport accidents involve a forklift truck.

Posted by Craig Williams

10/05/2011 16:35