May 26, 2011
compensation awarded to injured West Huntspill man
West Huntspill man whose life was permanently changed when he
shattered his foot in an accident at work has been awarded £185,000
The man who has not been named was working for
a company on the refurb of an Asda store when the incident occurred
He was part of a group who was tasked with dismantling and removing
several industrial fridges, but he fell when he stepped on some
The 55-year-old said: "It was bridging a gap between the
fridges, but it was covered with dust and looked like it was just
part of the fridge."
"When I stepped onto it, I went straight through and fell
over six feet to the ground, landing awkwardly on my left heel."
The fall shattered his heel in five places and he has since had
three operations to insert screws and bolts into his damaged bones.
He spent 10 months on crutches, and was unable to work for 18
months. When he finally returned to work, he was unable to carry
out the same sort of jobs as before the accident, and was made
redundant in 2009.
An employers' liability specialist helped secure the £185,000
out-of-court compensation settlement.
A spokesman said: "Four years after his accident, my client
has finally won his fight for justice. No amount of money can
make up for the loss of his career, but we hope this settlement
will enable him to move on with his life."