Our client, a 27-year-old ground worker on a building site, was impaled on the machine he was operating when a lorry delivering goods on site reversed into him.
Our client sustained a deep laceration to his left thigh, including a severed artery and ‘compartment syndrome’ – a serious build-up of pressure in the leg, which if not treated quickly, can lead to loss of the limb. He was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, where he underwent emergency surgery. Fortunately, his leg was saved and he went on to make a full recovery, returning to work seven weeks later.
Following investigation by the Health and Safety Executive, his employer was fined c.£14,000 at Cheltenham Magistrates Court, for failing to ensure that he was adequately protected from vehicles moving around the building site.
S J Edney Solicitors obtained compensation of £15,700 for this client in 2016