Tag: workplace accident

Plymouth Firm Fined after Death of Worker

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A Plymouth fish processing firm has been fined half a million pounds by the HSE after a young employee died when a stack of boxes struck him.

Incident

Twenty two year old Tomas Suchy was helping to stack pallets of frozen fish when another lot of boxes fell on top of him. Tomas, an employee of Interfish Limited, suffered multiple severe injuries which he later died from.

Investigation

The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and found that staff had been given no instruction on how to safely store the pallets and that there was no safe system of work in place. Furthermore, it was found that there was no written procedure for how to appropriately deal with falls of stock when this occurred.

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974., Interfish Limited, of Wallsend Industrial Estate, Cattedown Wharves, Plymouth, was fined £500,000. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £24,800.

Emma O’Hara, HSE inspector, said:

“Safe stacking of stock is a cross-industry necessity and can often be overlooked when considering safe systems of work. Duty holders need to ensure that they are stacking safely and that they have a plan for dealing with any unforeseen circumstances such as a fall of stock.”

Accident at work – expert advice

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

£15,000 Awarded to Client Involved in Workplace Accident

Image of men working on high scaffolding relating to accident at work incident

Hampson Hughes Solicitors have settled an Accident at Work claim for our client, resulting in £15,000 compensation.

The accident involved our client slipping on scaffolding and injuring his left ankle, resulting in damage to the tendon and dislocation.

The medical expert who examined our client for the purposes of the claim recommended that he was to be further referred to an orthopaedic surgeon.

Also included within the workplace accident settlement were claims for loss of the benefit of holidays from work, which were taken as sick leave following the accident and likely disadvantage on the open labour market.

Workplace accident compensation – expert advice

If you have suffered following a workplace accident, you could be entitled to maximum accident at work compensation.

Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation – discover today whether you are eligible to claim workplace accident compensation. Speak to one of our professional and friendly advisers today on 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.co.uk.