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Accident Whilst on Work Placement

Fall injury at work

Mr Pass age 57 of Manor Top, Sheffield had an accident whilst on a work placement at Rhinegold Garden Centre, Loxley Road, Sheffield.

He had taken up the placement through the New Deal scheme after being out of work for some time.

He was working on a terraced area moving a fruit tree. His foot got caught in some black plastic matting which had curled up and he fell sideways and through some netting to a gravelled area approximately 3 feet below the terrace.

He sustained a fractured wrist that required internal fixation with plates and screws and an ankle sprain.

He was unable to complete his work placement and was disappointed as he had been enjoying it. He still suffers discomfort and stiffness in the wrist particularly in cold weather and there is a risk he will develop arthritis in the wrist in the future.
Primary liability was admitted by the company’s insurers and a small reduction for contributory negligence was agreed.

Our client sustained nasty injuries which prevented him from completing his work placement. Those responsible for people working at their premises need to ensure that matting is appropriately fixed or secured to reduce the risk of feet getting caught in it causing falls.

Settled by way of negotiation for £7,750.

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