Another trade union member has benefited from the expertise of specialist union lawyers Thompsons. Nursing auxiliary and Unison member Linda Mitchell secured £50,000 in compensation after an accident at work caused injury to her shoulder and neck.
Lawyers who represented victims of the Piper Alpha disaster, Thompsons Solicitors, have voiced their concern after a series of serious incidents on Scotland’s rigs in recent months.
Hundreds of Scots killed in accidents or suffering from fatal diseases acquired in the workplace each year will benefit from new rights that come into force today (Thursday).The Damages (Scotland) Act 2011, passed by the Scottish Parliament in March, overhauls the current system and provides a fair level of compensation in cases of wrongful death without the need for unnecessarily long and distressing court cases.
Two companies have been fined over £600,000 in total following the ‘entirely preventable’ deaths of two men who were asphyxiated trying to rescue a colleague from the hold of a barge.The men, Robert MacDonald from Appin and Maarten Den Heijer from Oban died in May 2009 when they went into the hold of the barge on Loch Creran near Oban and collapsed from the dangerously low oxygen levels.
Thompsons Solicitors have helped a machine operator whose hands were drenched in coolant at work win £50,000 compensation after developing a skin condition that means he can’t use washing up liquid or shampoo.
Working on a farm has overtaken construction, mining and fishing as the most dangerous job in the country.Now Thompsons Partner Chris Gordon of Thompsons Aberdeen has urged farm workers to become more safety conscious in a bid to cut the industry’s appalling accident rate.
A postal worker has recently received a compensation payout after being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Mr Fletcher had worked in the mail sorting room at the time.He had worked in this position for 10 years, from 1999 until 2009. The nature of his job was very repetitive and involved sorting letters and parcels into different piles depending on where they were being sent. He would then distribute these piles of mail into different bags or cages depending on their weight. He did this every day that he worked and he normally worked around 44 hours a week.