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Accidents at Work News January to June 2011

Thompsons Solicitors have a long history of fighting for the rights of injured workers. We have teams of expert solicitors based across the UK who specialise exclusively in personal injury claims involving accidents at work. We regularly publish news stories about workplace accident claims we have dealt with and interesting cases and articles published in the press and you will find links to a selection of these below:

Links to press releases for other periods can be found on the main Accidents at Work News page.


17th June 2011

Family of man crushed to death receives damages

The family of a dad of three who was crushed to death in a tragic and avoidable workplace accident has received compensation from his employers.


16th June 2011

Forge worker crushed by red hot two tonne pole receives compensation

A factory worker who was narrowly saved from being burnt alive when he was trapped by a filing cabinet as fires broke out around him has received compensation for his injuries after help from his trade union.


13th June 2011

Firm pays damages after using unsafe equipment

An employer which routinely provided workers with ladders that were too short to reach heights and failed to train its staff in the safest way to work at height has paid compensation after a labourer suffered a hernia.


10th June 2011

Ford employee compensated for firm’s health and safety failures

A machine operator at a car manufacturer has received £20,000 compensation after an unsafe storage system led to a workplace injury, which was then aggravated by falling through a rotten floorboard in the factory toilets.


27th May 2011

Union warns business owners of health and safety obligations

A trade union is reminding business owners to keep their premises safe after a driver was forced to give up his job after he slipped on an unsecured mat and broke his ankle whilst collecting a settee from a pub.


24th May 2011

Flippant attitude to health and safety leads to supermarket damages payout

An Asda lorry driver who damaged his knee during a workplace accident has received compensation after help from his trade union, the GMB.


12th May 2011

Nurse compensated for crash caused by drunken driver

In a case at the Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ) today (12 May), UNISON, the UK's leading public sector union, has won £441,227 for a nurse who suffered disabling injuries after her car was hit by a drunken driver.


10th May 2011

HMRC pays damages to disabled employee trapped by lift

A disabled PCS member who was injured by a faulty lift has received £3,700 in compensation after help from her trade union.


9th May 2011

Engineer forced to take pay cut after fall at work

An engineer took a substantial pay cut after he damaged his back at work has received compensation.


28th April 2011

Training prison pays out damages to officer injured due to lack of coaching

A Prison officer who was allocated a new job without any training and subsequently became injured has received compensation after help from the Prison Officer's Association's (POA) legal team.


20th April 2011

Welder compensated by Corus for shin injury

A welder who has been left with a large scar on his shin after a workplace accident has received a sum in compensation after help from his trade union.


14th April 2011

Family speak out after firm fined for causing worker’s death

The family of a man who was crushed to death after a workplace accident has welcomed a crown court sentence but has said the punishment can never make up for the loss of life.


11th April 2011

Compensation for firefighter’s crushed foot

A retained firefighter whose foot was crushed whilst on duty has received a substantial sum in compensation.


6th April 2011

Landmark High Court ruling on protective equipment for workers

Employers should provide employees working in damp conditions for prolonged periods with protective clothing, the High Court has ruled.


28th March 2011

Terrifying ordeal for civil servant in faulty MoD lift

A civil servant who suffered a serious knee injury when a faulty lift at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) went into free fall has received substantial compensation after help from her trade union’s solicitors


22nd March 2011

Broken elbow leads to employment fears for stitcher

A GMB member who broke his elbow after a fall at work has received £60,000 in compensation after he was left unable to do his job properly


15th March 2011

Kwik-Fit worker died after tyre dropped on his head

A widow whose husband died following a tragic workplace accident has received a substantial sum in compensation.


11th March 2011

Factory prank ends in spinal injury

A factory worker who suffered a serious spinal injury when his 22-stone colleague jumped on his back has received a substantial sum in compensation after help from Thompsons Solicitors.


4th March 2011

Road Workers face Serious Injury every day

Statistics from the Highways Agency have shown that injuries to road workers have more than doubled between 2005 and 2009


2nd March 2011

Damages after fall into a cellar

A refuse collector who was forced to take time off work after he fell into a cellar while doing his rounds has received  £3,250 in compensation


18th February 2011

Train firm who failed to fix faulty equipment pays compensation

An Aslef trade union member who damaged his back in a workplace accident has received £3,175 in compensation after help from Thompsons Solicitors.


15th February 2011

Lorry owner pays out for accident caused by faulty equipment

A Gateshead man who suffers from debilitating long term damage to his hearing caused by defective work equipment has received £8,500 in compensation after help from his trade union.


10th February 2011

Gamekeeper saved by son receives compensation

A gamekeeper who was rescued by his son after a gas explosion has received a five figure sum in compensation after help from Thompsons Solicitors.


4th February 2011

Nursery worker forced to change career after accident is compensated

A nursery worker who was forced to change her career after she was badly injured in the workplace has received £7,500 in compensation.


28th January 2011

Army chef compensated for curtailed career

A talented army chef whose career in catering both in and out of the army was ruined due to being provided with inadequate equipment has received £150,000 in compensation from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).


25th January 2011

Unite member gets substantial compensation for injury caused by unsafe work practices

A printers’ assistant who was left unemployed after a workplace accident has received £115,000 in compensation.


24th January 2011

Shredded arm leads to steel firm paying damages

A factory quality inspector whose arm was shredded by a circular saw has received compensation after help from his trade union.


21st January 2011

£300,000 for factory worker’s arm / hand crushed by machine

A factory worker whose hand was dragged into a machine and crushed has received £300,000 in compensation.


14th January 2011

Cemex compensate family for fatal explosion

The family of a young factory worker who died in a workplace explosion has received a substantial sum in compensation just days before the third anniversary of his death.


13th January 2011

Lack of risk assessment caused hernia injury

A GMB member who needed surgery to correct a hernia when he was injured at work has received compensation after help from his trade union.


12th January 2011

Network Rail pays significant damages to widow of Rail Worker

The widow of a rail worker, whose husband died in April 2007 when he was struck by a fast-moving train, has been awarded a substantial sum in compensation by Network Rail.


11th January 2011

Damages for warehouse worker hurt in manual handling accident

A warehouse operative has received £4,500 in compensation after his employer admitted blame for an accident that left him unable to carry out every day tasks and took more than eight months to heal.


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