Successful Claim For Man Injured During A Fall At Work Due To Helicopter Landing

Successful Claim For Man Injured During A Fall At Work Due To Helicopter Landing

Irwin Mitchell have successfully claimed compensation for an Oxfordshire based man who was injured after being involved in an accident whilst working at Oxford Airport, Kidlington.

What Happened?
Our client was providing training to staff on how to use the fork lift equipment. During the visit to the site, our client was walking on the runway within the designated marked out walk way on the tarmac, when a helicopter was instructed to land into a bay in close proximity to where he was walking. As the helicopter came to land, the drag generated by the rotating blades was so strong it blew our client off balance causing him to fall and land against a wall.

How Was Our Client Affected?
As a result of the fall he suffered facial bruising, lacerations to his body and was in shock. He was treated at the scene by airport medical staff and was required to attend numerous follow up appointments at his GP after the event.

What Was The Case Outcome?
Reiss Matthews, a personal injury specialist at Irwin Mitchell based in the Birmingham, dealt with the claim. A five figure out of court settlement was successfully attained for our client.

Reiss commented: "despite being injured my client can consider himself in the circumstances very fortunate is so far as he did not suffer more severe if not life threatening injuries; any accident in the workplace is potentially very serious not least when it involves a moving aircraft coming in to land next to where you are working. An accident like this further emphasises the importance of employers ensuring that they fulfil their obligations to employees in so far as they take all reasonable steps to guarantee their safety. Any failure by employees to adhere to Workplace Regulations could have very severe and potentially fatal consequences."

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