Back Injury From 'Playfulness' at Work Leaves Employer Counting Cost

Posted: 14th April 2011

A factory worker who suffered a serious back injury when a colleague leapt onto him at work has won an undisclosed amount in compensation.
William Jones, 46, was bending down to pick up a tool when a colleague jumped onto his back as a joke. Mr Jones claimed that he heard a popping noise in his back.
Mr Jones required surgery to try to correct the injuries he suffered in the incident. This involved removing a piece of bone from his hip and inserting it into his spine. He continued to experience severe back pain, however, with the result that he was absent from work on health grounds for four years and was eventually made redundant. He has been told by his GP that he is unlikely to work again. He has tried to work in a charity shop but found that his back was too painful.
He brought a claim against his former employers on the basis that they were responsible for his colleague’s behaviour. The firm admitted liability and has recently agreed a compensation settlement, which is believed to be a substantial sum.

To secure and maintain a safe working environment, employers need to ensure that all employees take their responsibilities for safety seriously and act accordingly. If you have been injured in a workplace accident through no fault of your own, it may be possible to claim compensation