Beecham Peacock recently represented an HGV Driver.
Part of his job involved lifting ramps weighing over 60kg onto his trailer. They had to be lifted and slotted into place. On the day of the accident, he slipped as he was lifting the ramp and twisted and hurt his back.
With the support of Unite he made a claim for compensation on the basis that he should never have been required to undertake such an unsafe manual handling task. The ramps were unnecessarily heavy. Other trailers had aluminum ramps which were half the weight and which could be slid into place rather than lifted. Our client’s back injury proved to be serious and he was unable to get back to his job. He is now looking for alternative employment in a lighter job.
His Employer admitted they were at fault and have paid compensation of £75,000.