Worker paralysed at work awarded £120,000 in compensation

19 Jun 2012 | Sophie Davies

A 38 year old worker was left paralysed from the chest down after an accident at work in which a reel of paper crushed him at a factory he was working at in North Wales.

Mr Christopher Shaw was using his own body to slow down a reel of paper when he slipped. The reel which is about two metres wide, rolled onto him and crushed his body.

The Health and Safety Executive said employees using their own body weight to slow down such large and potentially dangerous items such as paper reels, clearly is not a safe way of working. There were clear risks that were not properly managed by the company, which resulted in Mr Shaw’s horrific injuries.

Mr Shaw was awarded £120,000 in personal injury compensation.

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