Employers who ignore staff concerns about equipment or working practices do so at their peril, warns Croftons Personal Injury Specialist, Vicky Slater.
“Take the case of Mr W, employed by a national delivery company. He and his colleagues had repeatedly raised concerns about a particular task but they were ignored,” says Vicky.
“Mr W’s duties included offloading delivery cages brought into the depot by lorry. The company required an individual to accompany each cage as it was moved onto the tail lift of the truck and lowered. However, some tail lifts did not have side guards to prevent the cages sliding off. Often the cages were overloaded and hard to control”, continues Vicky.
“As Mr W was steadying the cage with one hand and operating the tail lift controls with the other, the cage lurched forward. As there was no lip preventing the cage from falling off the tail lift, Mr W was pulled to the ground by the cage, fracturing two ribs, injuring his knee and his arms and legs,” says Vicky.
“Accidents such as this could be avoided,” advises Vicky. “Employers who fail to fulfil their health and safety obligations do so at their peril.”