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Driver's legs crushed in work-related accident

A waste management company was fined £14,000 over a work-related accident in which an employee's legs were crushed while unloading a truck.

City of London magistrates were told the driver, who was employed by McGrath Bros of Hackney, had been unloading steel frames from a delivery lorry with two colleagues at a site in Barking.

The 700kg frames were on top of rubble in the truck and when chains holding one of the frames slipped, it fell back onto the vehicle, crushing the victim's legs and inflicting nine fractures.

As well as the fine, the company was ordered to pay £7,447 in costs after it admitted breaching health and safety regulations aimed at reducing the risks of an industrial injury occurring.

The personal injury accident victim may now consult a no win, no fee lawyer with a view to making a compensation claim for his pain, suffering and loss of earnings which occurred during the 14 months when he was unable to work.


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