The owner of a business has been ordered to pay £50,000 in compensation to a man who was left permanently disabled by a workplace accident.

Gary Hounsome was injured while he was helping to unload building materials from a container. He was struck by a pallet of marble tiles that had not been properly secured.

In the accident, Mr Hounsome suffered multiple fractures to his leg and had to undergo several operations to try to correct the injuries. Despite doctors’ best efforts, he now walks with a stick and has been forced to give up his job.

An investigation into the accident found that there had been major breaches of health and safety practice and, in addition to the compensation award, the owner was fined £30,000.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents estimates that more than 36 million working days are lost each year due to work-related accidents and ill health. Employers have a legal duty to assess and reduce workplace hazards. Those who put their workforce in danger by showing a blatant disregard for health and safety laws run the risk of compensation claims and financial penalties as a result.

If you would like advice on how to make a personal injury claim, contact Jason Claridge. It is important to take advice promptly as there are time limits that apply when making a claim for compensation.