Compensation Awarded to Bakery Worker Injured by Stack of Bread
A Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) member, who does not wish to be named, has received compensation in an out-of-court settlement following an accident involving an 80Kg stack of bread. The bakery worker sustained soft tissue injuries to his back and bruising on one of his thighs during the incident. Although he ought to consider himself fortunate not to have sustained more serious injuries, the physical damage caused by the accident will take at least one-and-a-half years to fully heal. Accident claims of this nature have in the past been laughed off to a certain extent by employers but, since the introduction of no-win-no-fee legal services, employees now have greater and more affordable access to justice.
The BFAWU member was injured whilst carrying out his normal duties at the bakery in Stockton in December last year. Working on a depot computer system, he had been preparing trolleys stacked with bread for delivery. As with many personal injury claims involving workplace accidents, the bakery employee would have escaped injury had adequate health and safety procedures been implemented by his employer. Unfortunately, the injured man was facing away from a ramp down which other workers carried trolleys of bread when a colleague sent one such trolley hurtling towards him. Unable to avoid the trolley, the worker was struck and pinned against the safety rail. He has since received £4,000 in compensation. Nowinnofee helps numerous people in a variety of industries to claim compensation following accidents in the workplace.