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Compensation claim news – Forklift driver who suffered burns receives settlement

20th February 2012

The forklift truck driver had been in a workshop at North West Gases while a valve was being removed from a liquefied petroleum gas cylinder by the company owner.

The man’s employer had failed to check that the cylinder was completely empty and, as a result, gas escaped and ignited causing an explosion which threw the forklift driver 12 to 15 feet across the room.

The worker suffered serious burns to his face, hands and legs, and was taken to a specialist burns unit for treatment. He remained in hospital for four days.

The managing director initially blamed the employee for the accident; however, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution resulted in the employer being fined £22,500 for breaching health and safety at work regulations. He was ordered to pay £2,500 in court costs.

Any employees who sustain personal injury in an accident at work due to the negligence of their employers may be eligible to claim compensation for their pain, suffering, and any loss of earnings resulting from their injury.

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