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Triumph Over Tragedy: Securing a £150,000 Victory in a Cement Mixer Accident

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Posted in: Personal injury, Personal injury - client success stories
Date published: 26/03/2024

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A worker was seriously injured after falling inside a cement mixer at a cement factory, highlighting important concerns about workplace safety and compensation for injuries. The worker, who was cleaning a large mixer with a pressure washer, got hurt because there were no safety barriers. This resulted in a big legal payout of £150,000 for the injury. This comprehensive case study delves into the incident, the ensuing legal battle led by IMD Solicitors LLP, and the broader implications for workplace safety and personal injury law.

Incident Overview

The claimant, a general labour worker at a cement factory, faced a life-altering event while performing his duties. The worker had to go inside a big cement mixer to clean it, standing on a temporary bucket platform. What was supposed to be a normal job became dangerous when the pressure washer made him slip and fall, like falling from a two-story building, onto concrete. This caused multiple fractures in his spine.

Immediate Consequences and Legal Action

The gravity of his injuries necessitated urgent medical care and a long road to recovery, rendering him unable to return to work. Seeking justice and compensation, the claimant approached IMD Solicitors LLP, marking the beginning of a significant legal journey. The lawsuit focused on the fact that there were no safety barriers on the platform, which was a major mistake by the employer and broke workplace safety rules.

Establishing Liability and Negotiating Compensation

The legal proceedings focused on establishing the defendant’s liability for the unsafe working conditions. The absence of barriers, a basic safety measure, was an omission by the employer. The defense conceded liability quickly after evidence of this negligence was presented, shifting the focus to the compensation negotiations.

The claimant’s legal team, leveraging their expertise, highlighted the severity of the injuries and their long-term impact on his life. Despite the defendant’s attempts to minimise the settlement based on the claimant’s recovery potential, the legal team’s persistence ensured a compensation package that accounted for immediate medical needs, ongoing rehabilitation, and compensation for pain and suffering, culminating in a £150,000 settlement.

Rehabilitation and Beyond

The compensation facilitated the claimant’s comprehensive rehabilitation, allowing for significant recovery. Impressively, within twelve months of the accident, the claimant managed to navigate the challenges of his injuries and return to employment, a testament to his resilience and the support enabled by the settlement.

Implications for Workplace Safety

This case highlights the critical need for rigorous workplace safety measures and the legal responsibilities that employers bear towards safeguarding their employees. The incident, marked by the removal of essential safety barriers from the cement mixer platform, underscores a significant breach of fundamental safety protocols, a lapse that had devastating consequences. Workplace safety is not merely a guideline but a legal requirement, governed by comprehensive regulations designed to protect employees from avoidable harm.

Employers are obligated to conduct regular risk assessments to identify potential hazards in the workplace and implement preventive measures to mitigate these risks. Safety barriers, as in this case, serve as a fundamental protective measure, especially when employees are required to work at heights or near machinery with moving parts. Their absence not only increased the risk of falls but also indicated a failure in adhering to the regulations which mandate that employers must ensure all work at height is properly planned, supervised, and carried out by competent individuals.

Furthermore, the equipment provided for use at work, including the cement mixer in this scenario, must be suitable for its intended use, properly maintained, and accompanied by appropriate safety measures. The removal of barriers, without any subsequent action to replace them or implement alternative safety measures, directly contravenes these regulations.

Effective training and communication are also integral components of workplace safety. Employees must be adequately trained in the use of machinery and equipment and informed of the potential risks involved in their tasks. It is apparent that in this case, the necessary training or safety briefings that might have mitigated the risk were insufficient or lacking.

Legal and Social Takeaways

The successful settlement of this case not only provided the claimant with deserved compensation but also emphasised the crucial role of legal intervention in enforcing workplace safety and supporting victims. It illustrates the importance of expert legal representation in navigating the complexities of personal injury claims and achieving justice for those wronged.

For employers, this case is a call to rigorously evaluate and improve safety measures to protect their workers. For individuals, it highlights the importance of knowing one’s rights and the pathways available for recourse following workplace accidents.


This case stands as a beacon of hope for victims of workplace accidents, demonstrating the possibility of securing justice and significant compensation for injuries sustained due to employer negligence. It reinforces the message that workplace safety should never be compromised and that legal avenues exist to support victims in their quest for justice and recovery. Through diligent legal advocacy and a commitment to client welfare, IMD Solicitors LLP achieved a commendable outcome, setting a precedent for future personal injury claims.

This article is for general information only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Please note that the law may have changed since this article was published.

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Wiktor Buza – Partner

Personal Injury – IMD Solicitors LLP

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