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Work accident claim may be made by forklift collision victim

A former employee at a brewery in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, may choose to make a work accident claim for the personal injury he suffered in 2008.

The 64-year-old worker had been delivering a trailer of empty cans when a forklift truck collided with him as he walked along the canning hall to find an empty space for his vehicle.

The incident caused severe injuries in the form of two fractured wrists and a fractured foot. Reportedly, he has not been able to work since.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that the company had not put in place a safe transport system within the factory, despite having been asked to do so during a previous HSE inspection.

The firm was fined £31,000 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act, and ordered to pay court costs of £33,042.

Now that the company has been found liable for the employee's injuries, the victim may decide to make a work accident claim for compensation. In this way he might be able to receive a settlement for his pain, suffering and subsequent loss of earnings.


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