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Office Worker Injury Compensation for MoD Health and Safety Neglect

Posted: March 29th, 2011

A civil servant, injured when a lift at the Ministry of Defence centre in Feltham went into free-fall, has been awarded 16,500 pounds in an out-of-court office worker injury settlement.

Velma Williams (61) had been employed at the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Defence Geographic Centre in Feltham as a security operator for 22 years. In June 2009, she and a colleague entered one of the building’s elevators on the third floor which fell out of control, causing Ms Williams to suffer serious knee and whiplash injuries.

Ms Williams had to take two months off of work due to an operation on her knee injury and, on her return, started to suffer panic attacks whenever using the lifts. A report into the incident revealed that the lift had previously been reported 43 times, but had never been replaced.

After taking legal guidance, Ms Williams made a personal injury compensation claim against the MoD, claiming that they had a responsibility to ensure that the lift was in good working order. The MoD accepted liability and the settlement of 16,500 pounds was agreed.

Stable Worker Receives Accident at Work Compensation

Posted: March 28th, 2011

A stable hand, injured in a fall from height at racehorse trainer Amanda Perrett’s Lambourn stables, has won a personal injury compensation claim for 127,500 pounds.

Kevin Parker had been steam cleaning a stable in the racing yard, when the scaffolding plank on which he had been standing tipped up, causing him to drop eight feet to the ground. As a result of the incident, Kevin fractured both of his heels – injuries which meant he had to spend a prolonged period of time in hospital, and was unable to resume his equestrian career after being discharged.

After taking legal counsel, Kevin sued Ms Perrett for failing to provide a safe environment in which to work and for being in contravention of the Work at Height Regulations (2005). Agreement was reached without court action.

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