01482 778 463
Client Focussed
No Win No Fee
Specialist Legal Teams
Hudgell Solicitors™ | Latest News | Serious injury in accident at work case highlights risks of ignoring simple health and safety rules

Serious injury in accident at work case highlights risks of ignoring simple health and safety rules

Jane Woodcock


By Jane Woodcock, a specialist in handling accident at work compensation claims at Hudgell Solicitors

The failure of businesses to maintain safe working premises, and ensure safe working practices are followed by staff at all times, can be costly not only to a company’s bottom line, but also to the wellbeing of their employees.

We are all aware of the dangers posed in environments such as factories, warehouses and on constructions sites, where heavy machinery and equipment, which poses a high risk if not maintained and operator correctly, is used day after day.

Accidents and injury at work specialists

But a case before the courts recently has highlighted the need for smaller businesses, and those perhaps not considered to be a high-risk environment, to keep tight control of health and safety procedures, and ensure they are always followed by their employees.

Shoe shop failed to provide safe equipment

The owners of Pettits shoe shop, in Beverley, East Yorkshire, were fined £16,000 by magistrates after their shop manager was seriously injured at work, as stepladders she was using in the store snapped in half.

Magistrates heard that WS Pettit & Co Limited, which owns the branch, had failed in its duty to equip staff with suitable stepladders to carry out necessary tasks – a simple but costly error for all involved.

Staff had not received adequate training on using the ladders, and safety checks on the equipment had not been carried out, the court was also told.

No excuses for failing to provide correct, safe equipment

An interesting element of the owners’ defence was that two sets of commercial ladders had been provided for staff at some point, but employees had apparently complained that they were ‘too bulky’.

As a result, the court heard that the store’s “handy man” had brought in a pair of old domestic stepladders out of storage for staff to use.

It was a decision no doubt taken out of convenience at the time, and to appease staff, but has ultimately paid costly for all.

Both the business – and employees – would have been in a much safer position had the commercial ladders been retained, and staff given appropriate training to use them.

The ultimate cost – serious injury and an employee out of work

The business owners claimed procedures and policies were in place, but in pleading guilty to four counts of health and safety at work breaches, they accepted that elements were not monitored, implemented and policed properly.

Shop manager Tracy Oldridge sustained a serious injury to her left knee in the fall, resulting in her being unable to work since.

In my work at Hudgell Solicitors, I see the consequences of injuries suffered at work on individuals and their families.

It often results in a period of time off work, as is the case here, and lost earnings.

This is something we can help recover for people who suffer accidents at work. If people have to stop working all together, claims can be made for future losses also, making finances one less thing to worry about at a difficult time.

A successful compensation claim, which can date back three years to an accident can also help cover the cost of any treatment fees, physiotherapy and rehabilitation support needed to get back to good health, something vital when people suffer serious, long-term injuries.

Whilst shortcuts are being made in the workplace to save time, costs and ‘hassle’, accidents and injuries will continue to happen, as this case has proved.

No Comments

Leave a Reply

*Required

Request a callback

Request A Callback

I am an existing client.










Or call us FREE on:

01482 778 463


trust pilottrustpilot startrustpilot startrustpilot startrustpilot startrustpilot star

The data you submit will only be used by Hudgell Solicitors and only for the purpose of dealing with your enquiry.
See full privacy policy.

Looking to see if you're eligible?

Get in touch for free legal advice

0808 159 7699

Call today to speak to an expert

OR
Start your claim

What Our Clients Think

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Caroline was great in handling my case

"Caroline was great in handling my case, very informative and always kept me up to… "

Mr Richard Brook

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Dispute with EasyJet

"Although Hudgell offices were not local to us, there was no need for concern, as… "

Glyn

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Always on the ball

"Always on the ball! Great at what they do, very professional and fast with a… "

CHRISTOPHER CURTIS

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Excellent service

"Excellent service. Very happy with result. Thank you."

Miss Erika Panakova

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Was an easy process and the caseworker…

"Was an easy process and the caseworker was very informative and very knowledgeable on my… "

Rachel Fee

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Lovely business to deal with

"Lovely business to deal with. Would recommend to anyone."

Mrs Kelly Byrnes

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Great communication

"Great communication! My solicitor was lovely to deal with, open and listened to me."

Sue Ockendon

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Very happy with how they managed my…

"Very happy with how they managed my claim. I would recommend them."

Mr Steve Roberts

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Very helpful and truly understanding in…

"Very helpful and truly understanding in a very sensitive case would highly recommend to anyone"

Miss Sarah Morris

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Friendly

"Friendly, supportive and professional, couldn't ask for more."

Mr Adrian Fisher

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

A first class service with a heart too

"I never had claimed before and was quite apprehensive about dealing with claims solicitors as… "

M Sheikh

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

They made me feel that I wouldn’t be on…

"They made me feel that I wouldn’t be on my own after my experience. They… "

Mrs Melinda Diane Tovey

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

The service was excellent and Lauren…

"The service was excellent and Lauren Cartwright kept me well informed and gave good advice… "

Mr Roger Harrison

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Recommended company

"Excellent service, fully recommended. Efficient communication and reliable."

Mr R Taylor

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Hudgell took over my road traffic case…

"Hudgell took over my road traffic case from a different solicitors and successfully negotiated a… "

Mr JSW

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Hudgell Solicitors made my personal…

"Hudgell Solicitors made my personal injury claim so easy, they got me the treatment i… "

Mr Nick Todd

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

I have never used solicitors before

"I have never used solicitors before, my dealings with Hudgell have been excellent I have… "

David Varley

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Very helpful

"Very helpful"

Ethan Ferguson

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

First Class service

"Hudgell Solicitors are currently working on my case and I must say so far the… "

Emma Jeeves

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Always kept me up to date on all…

"Always kept me up to date on all correspondence concerning the case and acknowledged any… "

Mrs Anne Marie Wells

Rated 9.4 out of 10 based on 454 reviews

Powered by Trustpilot

Our offices

London

55 Fleet Street
EC4Y 1JU

VIEW DETAILS

Hull

No 2 @ The Dock
46 Humber Street
HU1 1TU

VIEW DETAILS

Leeds

10 Park Place
Leeds
LS1 2RU

VIEW DETAILS

© 2018 Hudgell Solicitors®. All Rights Reserved.

Hudgell Solicitors is a trading name of Neil Hudgell Limited | Director Dr. Neil Hudgell MA LLB (Hons) LLD | Registered in England No. 7078429 | Authorised and Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority | SRA No. 521372 | VAT Registration No. 254 7802 90