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Man suffered leg and foot injuries in work vehicle accident

18th February 2013

He had been employed at a horticultural nursery in Essex, moving soil using a dumper truck to replace an old path, at the time of the accident.

While undertaking this task, his vehicle overbalanced while tipping out soil and fell over onto its side, trapping one of the man’s legs underneath. The truck weighed approximately one tonne, and caused him severe personal injuries.

He suffered multiple fractures to the bones in his right foot, as well as a double open fracture to the shinbone on the same leg.

Despite enduring four operations to repair the damage to his foot and leg – requiring some of his bones to be pinned back into place and a skin graft to be performed – he may still never regain full mobility, and could have a limp for the rest of his life.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the accident at work found that although the injured worker and other employees did not have English as a first language, the written and spoken instructions provided to them about the dumper truck were given in English.

The nursery was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £3,000. Now that it has been found liable for the incident, the man may decide to bring a compensation claim against them through an expert work injury solicitor.

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