Worker wins £185k compensation

PUBLISHED: 09:59 26 May 2011




A WEST Huntspill man whose life was changed forever when he shattered his foot in an accident at work has earned a £185,000 compensation payout.

The married father of one – who has not been named – was working for a company called Uplands Retail Ltd on the refurbishment of an Asda supermarket when the incident occurred in 2007.

The worker was part of a team charged with dismantling and removing some industrial fridges, but experienced a fall when he stepped on some flimsy plasterboard.

The 55-year-old said: “It was bridging a gap between the fridges, but it was covered with dust and looked like it was just part of the fridge.

“When I stepped onto it, I went straight through and fell over six feet to the ground, landing awkwardly on my left heel.”

The fall shattered the man’s heel in five places. He has since undergone three operations to place screws and bolts into the damaged bones.

He spent 10 months on crutches, and was unable to work for 18 months. When he finally did return to work, he was unable to carry out the same sort of tasks as before the accident, and was made redundant in 2009.

Employers’ liability law specialist Mark Luxton, whose firm Fentons Solicitors LLP helped secure the £185,000 out-of-court compensation settlement for the Somerset worker, said the injuries had proven life-altering.

Mr Luxton said: “The injury the man sustained completely changed his life. He still suffers pain and stiffness and his symptoms are unlikely to improve.

“Before his accident, he was more than capable of working 90-hour weeks in a physically demanding job. Now he is limited even in the length of time he is able to stand.

“Four years after his accident, my client has finally won his fight for justice. No amount of money can make up for the loss of his career, but we hope this settlement will enable him to move on with his life.”

Operations manager Paul Brooks told the Mercury Uplands Retail Ltd had agreed the settlement for the injured man but had not accepted liability for the accident.

He said: “We take safety very seriously and have spent a great deal of time and effort and money training people.

“It was given that this man was acting outside the scope of his employment, but it was extremely unfortunate that he was badly injured and I personally wish him well.”

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