Man awarded £1.65m after being injured at work

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A man has been awarded £1.65m compensation after an accident at work left him permanently brain damaged.

He worked as a pump operator at a concrete works. He was hit on the head by a catch that connects a pump to a compressor. His colleague had released the catch and it flew off struck the man.

The employer was later convicted of health and safety offences when an investigation found that the equipment being used was inadequate and no training or safety protection had been provided.

As a result of his injuries, the victim will never be able to work again and will require constant 24-hour care for the rest of his life. He was 48 years old at the time of the accident and because of his injuries, his life expectancy has been reduced to 71.

He brought an action against the employer. He said they had been negligent in operating an unsafe system.

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The employer admitted liability and agreed an out of court settlement of £1.65m as well as £125,000 per year for the rest of the man’s life.