£5,000 for Work Shoulder Injury get-single-case

An 80-year-old man who fell at work and injured his shoulder received £5,000 in an out of court settlement. The claimant worked part-time in Barnsley as a handyman. The injury forced him to retire and left him with a permanent disability.

The accident happened when the claimant was tidying the warehouse. He was moving a hydraulic pump truck, which was loaded with empty pallets, when his foot got caught. He fell and injured his shoulder so severely that he was unable to move or raise the alarm for ten minutes.

After several hospital visits it was established that the claimant had sustained a rotator cuff injury to his shoulder. This was so serious that he no longer has the full use of the joint and may require a shoulder replacement in the future. He now needs help carrying out some tasks around the house and is no longer able to take his wife ballroom dancing.

The claimant had not received training from his employers in the use of the truck, nor in manual handling and this failure was thought to have contributed to the accident.

Employers have a duty under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to provide adequate training to enable employees to carry out their jobs safely. If you have been injured at work because of a failure to provide appropriate instruction on manual handling or how to perform a task safely, then you could be entitled to compensation.