We helped our client after they injured themselves lifting a bag they should not have been lifting
Our client was employed in a factory setting and suffered an injury when he was lifting a 25kg bag of pectin which was used in the production of sweets and other items.
Our client was expected to lift this bag themselves despite the employer having installed lifting devices or similar operations elsewhere in the factory.
“Workplace health and safety is not a tick box exercise. It requires employers to understand what is happening on the ground and to ensure its employees are kept as reasonably safe as possible."
The employer disputed it was at fault but at trial, the Judge found that it should have reduced the need to lift heavy items to the lowest level practicable. The Judge awarded our client compensation to reflect his pain and suffering.
Our client was represented by Mani Gill from Thompsons’ London office, who commented: “Workplace health and safety is not a tick box exercise. It requires employers to understand what is happening on the ground and to ensure its employees are kept as reasonably safe as possible. In this case, a simple lifting device would have prevented the need to manually lift such heavy items.”
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