A contract Underground worker was gravely injured while engaged in routine maintenance in early June. The accident happened on the District Line at a tube station which is being redeveloped for Crossrail, the transport project that many commuters in Essex may have heard of. A director for London Underground expressed sympathy for the injured man and his family and reported that the organisation was cooperating with the regulator on the investigation into the incident.
The injured man is married and lives in Harrow, London. He was reported to be carrying out maintenance work that involved replacing sections of track at Whitechapel Station when he was crushed against the platform by machinery early on June 4. Emergency services were deployed to free the man and a number of medical crews were dispatched to treat him before he was taken to the Royal London Hospital, located close to the Underground station.
The injuries to his pelvis were so extreme that, according to a source, it is uncertain if the worker will ever walk again. The Office of Rail and Road is the industry regulator tasked with investigating the incident and deciding if Transport for London has broken health and safety regulations. Replacing tracks on the Underground is carried out using heavy equipment that is driven along the rails, and experts have suggested that the brakes on the carriage may have been faulty.
The compensation awarded for injuries takes into consideration the severity of the trauma and the financial costs resulting from the accident. A person who has been injured in a workplace accident may wish to consult with a solicitor familiar with personal injury claims for advice on how the medical evidence and reports of the case relate to the award, including the future effects of the injuries.