Mr R was employed by Anderstore Limited in November 2005 as a Fire Extinguisher Engineer to service fire extinguishers on site. As part of the service, he had to weigh fire extinguishers which themselves weighed up to 14.5kg. Mr R used a spring scale which he had to hold at arms length so the scale was level with his eye line when he took readings.
A few months after he started with the company he developed pain in both shoulders and was subsequently diagnosed with bilateral frozen shoulders. Mr R has undergone 2 operations to alleviate his symptoms but still suffers with pain and discomfort from his shoulders. Mr R left his work with Anderstore Limited and had to seek alternative employment as a result of his injuries.
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors represented Mr R in his claim against Anderstore Limited. The claim was vigorously defended by the Defendant and the case settled 2 weeks before the trial with Mr R receiving a substantial compensation payment of £30,000.
Iain Shoolbred, a Solicitor in the Birmingham Workplace Illness team who handled Mr R’s claim said: -
“Mr R’s claim was an unusual one. He was obviously very troubled by his shoulder problems and they affected every aspect of his daily life. He even found sleeping difficult. We were able to make the claim against his employers because we felt that they were in breach of Health & Safety at Work Regulations. I am very pleased with the settlement that we recovered for Mr R, this will go along way to helping him get on with his life”.
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