A rail worker whose wrist and arm were fractured in an accident at work has won £32,000 in damages.

The unnamed man was injured when a cleaner lost control of a floor cleaning machine. The machine ran into one of his colleagues, who collided with some other equipment and caused the man to fall.

Due to the extent of his injuries, the man was off work for five months, during which time his family had to help him with his personal care and housework. Even after months of physiotherapy, the man has been left with restricted movement in his arm and is unable to return to maintenance work. He incurred serious financial losses as a result of his time off work and his inability to return to his job.

A claim was made against the man’s employers on the ground that they had not provided the cleaner with adequate training to enable the safe use of the machine. An offer of compensation was made, but this was rejected as being too low given the circumstances of the case. Court proceedings were commenced, following which the company agreed to increase its offer of compensation to £32,000.

“Employers are responsible for assessing risks in the workplace and taking steps to remove or reduce them,” says Jason Claridge, “and failing to train someone properly in the safe use of machinery they operate presents an obvious risk. If you have been injured at work through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact us to discuss your claim.”