Print factory manager wins £39k compensation for an industrial accident
Carrs Solicitors has represented a 44 year old print factory manager from Essex in his claim for compensation for industrial injuries sustained in a printing factory accident.
The accident occurred when our client became entrapped by heavy rollers due to an unsafe system of working operated by the plant which effectively allowed the safety systems that he had relied upon by our client to be overridden.
As a result of the accident, our client suffered partial amputations of two fingers of his non-dominant hand. The employer's insurance company appointed solicitors and denied liability. The employer also withheld important documents and denied that the accident had ever been reported to the Health and Safety Executive (Employers are obliged to report all serious injuries and any accident resulting in over three days sick leave).
Carrs Solicitors made successful applications to the court for disclosure of evidence and to the HSE under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for records of the employer's report and of the investigation that followed. These showed that the company had been found to have operated an unsafe system of work and had been served with improvement notices in relation to its unsafe practices by the HSE.
The employers insurers offered to settle the claim for £30,000 and on our advice this sum was rejected. Carrs Solicitors served court proceedings upon the employer who refused to negotiate further until one month before the case was due to go to trial when it agreed to pay the client £39,000.