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Worker sues over leg-crushing injury

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59-year-old Melvin Price is suing his employer, Tayside Contracts, after a tarring machine caused him serious injury. Mr Price had been operating a tarmac chipper when it rolled on to his left leg in November 2012. Reports stated that Mr Price, who was 55 at the time, had to be freed by a colleague before police and ambulance teams appeared at the scene.  

It was heard that Mr Price had been working behind the machine when it rolled backwards and ‘shattered’ his leg. He was immediately rushed to Ninewells hospital in Dundee. It was heard that he broke his leg in two places and had to remain in hospital for at least “a few days”. His condition was not considered to be life-threatening.

Mr Price’s employer, Tayside Contracts, sent a safety officer to the scene of the incident after it happened. The company declined comment on the matter.

Unlikely to pay out less than £5,000

Mr Price’s case was called at the Court of Sessions in Edinburgh for the first time on 14 April. Tayside Contracts refused to comment on the amount of compensation to be paid out, but the Court of Sessions does not deal with cases unlikely to pay out less than £5,000.

Tayside Contracts is the commercial trading of Angus, Dundee, Perth and Kinross councils. It employs around 2,500 people.

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