Dock company in court after worker’s life-changing injuries

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A DOCK company must pay out almost £30,000 after a worker sustained life-changing injuries.

Andrew Gotts’ leg was crushed leaving him with multiple fractures and destruction of soft tissue when an operation to unload a cargo container at Harwich Port went wrong.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard Mr Gotts, 26, of Felixstowe, Suffolk, has needed needed extensive reconstruction surgery and it is not yet known when or if he will be fit for work.

The incident, on 4 October 2012, was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which prosecuted Harwich Dock Company for serious safety breaches.

Harwich Dock Company Ltd, of Kings Quay Street, Harwich, pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £14,761 costs.

See Monday's Gazette

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9:09am Sat 10 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

£30,000, when an MOD Admin Officer got nearly £450,000 for repetitive strain injury to their thumb or finger some years ago. This is a derisory award. The plight of the hard working man, is meaningless against those of the public
sector grey suits in the city. One supposes the case issues where different, will be the argument here. Some are more equal than others, another tick in the Orwellian box I am afraid.
£30,000, when an MOD Admin Officer got nearly £450,000 for repetitive strain injury to their thumb or finger some years ago. This is a derisory award. The plight of the hard working man, is meaningless against those of the public sector grey suits in the city. One supposes the case issues where different, will be the argument here. Some are more equal than others, another tick in the Orwellian box I am afraid. A Very Private Gentleman
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10:43am Sat 10 May 14

Route88 says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
£30,000, when an MOD Admin Officer got nearly £450,000 for repetitive strain injury to their thumb or finger some years ago. This is a derisory award. The plight of the hard working man, is meaningless against those of the public
sector grey suits in the city. One supposes the case issues where different, will be the argument here. Some are more equal than others, another tick in the Orwellian box I am afraid.
The £30,000 refers to a fine plus costs in the Crown Court under HSWA breaches. I presume that he will be taking a civil action against the company and will eventually get a substantial award in damages in a civil court.
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: £30,000, when an MOD Admin Officer got nearly £450,000 for repetitive strain injury to their thumb or finger some years ago. This is a derisory award. The plight of the hard working man, is meaningless against those of the public sector grey suits in the city. One supposes the case issues where different, will be the argument here. Some are more equal than others, another tick in the Orwellian box I am afraid.[/p][/quote]The £30,000 refers to a fine plus costs in the Crown Court under HSWA breaches. I presume that he will be taking a civil action against the company and will eventually get a substantial award in damages in a civil court. Route88
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