Stair lift worker awarded compensation for falling down steps
Posted: August 4, 2014
Posted in: Spine & Back Injuries Workplace Injuries Workplace Slip
A stair lift worker from Inverness has been awarded compensation after falling down a step. Kathryn Hay (45) won £2500, after she slipped from one step to another while measuring them during the installation of a stair lift. Ms Hay had been using an expandable meter stick when the accident happened in a house in Lossiemouth. One end of the stick began to fall while she was measuring, causing Ms Hay to reach out and grab it. This caused her to slide from one step to the one below.
The accident caused Ms Hay to suffer an injury to her lower back, which resulted in her having to take time off work. She endured pain for three months after the slip. At the Court of Session in Edinburgh last week, Ms Hay was awarded £2500 in damages from her employer Advanced Chairlifts (Scotland) Ltd.
“Risk of falling”
The judge ruled that even though there was no reliable witness — due to the accident having happened in 2009 — she believed the pursuer to be “truthful and reliable”. Ms Hay’s lawyers blamed the equipment provided by the firm, arguing that an accident was bound to happen. Judge Lady Stacey agreed that the equipment carried a potential risk:
“The work she had to do involved extending a metre stick while on stairs. It is foreseeable that such a manoeuvre involves a risk of falling.”
Have you been injured at work in Aberdeen?
If you’ve suffered a personal injury from an accident in your workplace, you could be entitled to claim compensation. We can help you make a no win, no fee* injury claim today by calling 01224 980 625 or using our contact form. We offer no obligation advice, so there’s nothing to lose by investigating your claim.
« 12-year-old cyclist injured in hit-and-run on rural road
Scientist admits blame for car crash fatality »