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Injury compensation – Middlesbrough man wins accident at work claim

17th September 2011

The man was working as part of a team clearing up a spillage after several bags of ammonium nitrate had fallen from a stack at the fertiliser company.

It is reported that the man was hooking the bags onto the arms of a forklift truck. When he had finished loading the fallen bags he turned his back to the forklift, however, one of the top layer bags fell off and struck him on the back causing him to suffer an industrial injury.

The worker’s head struck the floor and he suffered injuries to his right thigh, back and left leg.

The 32-year-old man has been unable to return to work as he is still suffering from back pains and limited movement. Following the accident he spent three weeks in hospital and had to wear a back brace for five months. He later had to go undergo surgery for his leg.

The firm pleaded guilty to one breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and one breach of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

HSE inspector, Catherine Rimmer, stated that the man is still suffering three years after the incident and that the work accident could have easily been avoided.

The accident at work claim highlights the importance of companies ensuring that they have effective arrangements in place for workers’ health and safety.

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