October 25, 2016
The employer of a car mechanic injured at work has pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act at a hearing of Preston Magistrates Court.
In November 2014, thirty-four year old Stuart Currey from Morecambe in Lancashire was cleaning out a vehicle inspection pit at Pye Motors, when an apprentice drove a Ford Transit over the top of the inspection pit, unaware that Stuart was working inside of it.
Stuart was caught by the bottom of the Ford Transit and dragged along the floor for ten metres before the driver became aware of his screams. Work colleagues jacked the vehicle off of Stuart, and he was airlifted to the Royal Preston Hospital suffering from multiple injuries to his pelvis, hips, ribs, shoulder and spine.
Stuart remained in hospital for five weeks and now relies on crutches to assist his mobility. Due to the nature of his injuries, Stuart has one leg shorter than the other, will never be able to work as a car mechanic again and is unable to play with his four daughters.
An investigation into the car mechanic injured at work accident was launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who subsequently prosecuted Stuart´s employer for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Pye Motors pleaded guilty to the charges at Preston Magistrates Court earlier this week, paving the way for Stuart to claim compensation for a car mechanic injured at work. Speaking after the Magistrates hearing, Stuart´s solicitor told press reporters:
“Stuart is determined to get answers about what happened to him and his former employers taking responsibility for what happened to him is a major step forward. We are now helping Stuart and Natasha in a civil claim against his former employers in a bid to secure him the funds he will require to continue his rehabilitation and physiotherapy”.