Cashell Solicitors acted for a 60 year old warehouse worker who fell at work and injured his shoulder. The injury forced our client to retire and left him with a permanent disability.
The accident happened when our client 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 our client 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 can no longer partake in certain hobbies.
Our client 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 Safety and Health at Work Act 2005 to provide adequate training to enable employees to carry out their jobs safely. If you have been injured at work because of your employer’s failure to provide appropriate instruction on manual handling or how to perform a task safely, then you could be entitled to compensation.