A delivery driver employed by a cardboard box manufacturer firm may be bringing a personal injury claim against his employers after he suffered a life changing head injury in a recent incident whilst he was on the job, according to accident claim experts.
The delivery driver, who has requested his identity be withheld from the media due to privacy concerns, had been engaged in the delivery of flat cardboard boxes to locations in Eastbourne at the time. Directly prior to the incident that led to his personal injury compensation claim, the driver had been engaged in an attempt to pull a pallet loaded with boxes from one side of the trailer to the opposite site to ready them to be unloaded, but the straps he had been using to manoeuvre the pallet suddenly snapped, sending him falling backwards and plunging to the pavement nearly one and one half metres below him.
The driver sustained a serious head injury in the incident, resulting in significant alterations to his life as well as preventing him from returning to his position with the company. The man’s employer, Kent-based WE Roberts Corrugated Ltd, located on Grove Road, was brought before Dalford Magistrates’ Court by the Health and Safety Executive, where they were given a fine of £20,000 and told to pay a total of £12,190 in court costs after the firm admitted to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.
In the aftermath of the hearing, an inspector employed by the HSE remarked that the firm had neglected to correctly assess the risk level of drivers while not on site.