Electricity Network Operator Agrees to Compensate Injured Worker

CE Electric UK has agreed to pay compensation to an employee who developed hand arm vibration syndrome as a result of his work with the electricity network operator.

Fifty-two year-old Deryne Hughes had worked in the company’s roadworks division in Stockton-on-Tees for the past 28 years. However, since the onset of his condition, Mr Hughes has been given a different role at the firm.

Despite noticing symptoms several years ago, Mr Hughes was formally diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome in November 2009. Initially, Mr Hughes had experienced a tingling sensation and sporadic numbness in both of his hands. Eventually, these feelings developed into painful cramps.

Having been exposed to vibratory tools and machinery for over a quarter of a century, Mr Hughes was advised that his line of work was the most likely cause of his medical condition. After discussing the diagnosis with union representatives from Unite, Mr Hughes sought legal action against his employer.

Personal injury claims are often brought against negligent employers in the UK, with most such accident claims involving slips, trips or falls from height. In the present case, Mr Hughes developed a painful and potentially debilitating condition as a direct result of his activities at work. CE Electric UK has since agreed to pay Mr Hughes a settlement worth £8,750.

Mr Hughes said: “I’m annoyed that the company continued to expose me to vibration when they should have known better, but I’m happy that it’s settled and dealt with now.” Nowinnofee provides professional legal services to those who have been injured in accidents at work

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