A car mechanic is making a claim for injury compensation for a garage MoT pit accident after his employer pleaded guilty to health and safety failings.
In November 2014, Stuart Currey (34) was cleaning out an MoT pit at the Pye Motors garage in Morecambe, Lancashire, when a Ford Transit van driven by an apprentice ran over him. The apprentice had not seen Stuart working in the pit and dragged him under the van for ten metres before hearing his screams. Colleagues ran to Stuart´s assistance and used jacks to extract him from under the vehicle.
Stuart was airlifted to the Royal Preston Hospital with fractures to his right shoulder, pelvis, hips, spine and ribs. Stuart remained in hospital for five weeks and nearly two years after the accident he is dependent on crutches or a wheelchair for his mobility. Due to his pelvis and hip injuries, Stuart has one leg shorter than the other, he is still unable to play with his four daughters, and will never be able to work as a car mechanic again.
Following an investigation into the accident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Pye Motors was prosecuted for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Earlier this week, company directors pleaded guilty to the charge at Preston Magistrates Court and, although sentencing has been delayed until next January, the company´s admission of liability will allow Stuart to claim injury compensation for a garage MoT pit accident without his claim being contested.
After the hearing, Stuart told news reporters: “The injuries I suffered have had a huge impact on my family too, particularly my daughters. I’m glad Pye Motors has pleaded guilty to the charges brought by the HSE and hope that this is the first step to drawing a line under this traumatic time and that it will allow me to start rebuilding my life and focusing all my efforts on my recovery.”
Stuart´s solicitor confirmed he is claiming injury compensation for a garage MoT pit accident against his former employers to fund his ongoing rehabilitation and physiotherapy. “This incident could have been a lot worse” the solicitor said. “We hope it acts as a reminder to employers of the need to take their responsibilities for safety seriously to avoid incidents like this, which have turned Stuart’s life upside down, in the future.”