Huge pay­out af­ter fork­lift ac­ci­dent

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu is­

A labourer has been awarded Dhs600,000 in dam­ages af­ter a fork­lift truck ac­ci­dent left him dis­abled.

Abu Dhabi Civil Court or­dered the tech­ni­cal ser­vice com­pany to pay the com­pen­sa­tion to the Egyp­tian af­ter his in­juries re­sulted in per­ma­nent dis­abil­i­ties in his legs and other body parts.

Of­fi­cial doc­u­ments stated that the driver of the fork­lift didn’t no­tice the worker who was on duty when he mowed him down and ran over him.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that the fork­lift driver didn’t have a li­cence to op­er­ate the heavy ma­chine.

The vic­tim suf­fered bro­ken legs and a pelvic in­jury, which has badly af­fected his abil­ity to walk un­aided.

A med­i­cal re­port said the worker suf­fered 90 per cent walk­ing dis­abil­ity and could no longer move or do other sim­ple tasks on his own. His vi­sion was also par­tially af­fected as the ac­ci­dent caused in­juries to the cra­nial nerve. Au­thor­i­ties said the com­pany ne­glected its duty of pro­vid­ing safety to work­ers by us­ing un­li­censed peo­ple, which caused the ac­ci­dent and was in vi­o­la­tion of the law. The Egyp­tian man filed a law­suit against the firm and de­manded Dhs6 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion. But, the court de­cided he de­served Dhs600,000 in dam­ages fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

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