British Driver Whose Career Ended in Workplace Accident is Compensated
Republished with permission from ReduceYourWorkersComp.com
A Lorry, Great Britain, driver whose career was ended after he badly broke his wrist in a workplace accident recently received compensation from his employers.
According to a report from Hazards Magazine, Peter Stocks, 63, from Newton Alfreton in Derbyshire is now unable to drive HGVs after an accident meant he had to have a pair of operations on his right wrist. He was told he will never be able to lift with the arm and that he will need a third operation in the future.
While making a delivery for manufacturer Recricel, based in Alfreton he was injured as he went to move 150 kilos (330 pounds) of foam from his lorry. When he pulled on string holding the foam together it snapped and he fell backwards landing heavily on his wrist.
Stocks was forced to take three months off work and though he has returned he can only drive smaller vehicles.
Following the accident he contacted his trade union, Unite, which instructed its lawyers to pursue a claim for compensation.
Lawyers argued that the foam should have been secured in a safer fashion. Recticel admitted liability and settled the claim out of court for £23,000 ($35,700).
"All my life I've driven large vehicles like HGVs or JCBs. It was quite a shock to never be able to do that again; it makes me worried about my employability in the future,” Stocks commented.
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