Payout confirmed for worker seriously injured in accident

A Tayside Contracts employee from Arbroath has received a compensation payout after suffering a crushed leg when a tarmac chipper rolled over him while working on Roods Road in Kirriemuir.

Melvin Price was rushed to hospital following the incident that took place on 6 November 2012. Police and ambulance teams worked together to free the Tayside Contracts worker.

If your business is involved in dangerous working environments, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of your employees. As well as good health and safety policies, your business should also consider employers’ liability insurance in addition to the required general business insurance.

Mr Price started legal action against his former employer in April 2015, and has now received an undisclosed sum. Tayside Contracts refused to provide any information regarding the compensation amount, but was keen to defend its health and safety record.

A spokesman for Tayside Contracts said: “On the matter of safety improvements, a full investigation and safety review was undertaken at the time of the accident by our safety and training section and put forward no proposals to alter working practices for safety reasons.

“Our workforce can be assured that Tayside Contracts investigates every safety incident and, when required, alters working practices to eliminate any identified hazard.

“We are happy that the matter has now been settled and wish Mel well for the future.”