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Poor paving: Unsafe

Poor Paving: Unsafe

Site description

Two manufacturing companies share a loading and car parking area. A one way traffic system was set up around a central island created by a storage block. All surfaces were badly worn, drainage was poor, and the whole area was potholed with rain water standing in large pools.

The accident

11.30 am June 4th, a worker left one set of offices on the way to her car. She skirted one of the large areas of standing water, and walked into the path of a fork truck leaving travelling to the stores.

The consequences

The worker was hit and thrown into the air by the collision. She suffered a badly broken leg and a fractured collarbone. She was unable to work for several months and has since left the company. She is also taking out a personal damages claim amounting to tens of thousands of pounds.

Updated 2010-03-03