Man suffers injury in workplace prank

A compensation settlement has been agreed in the case of a factory worker whose colleague leapt onto him at work, resulting in him suffering serious back injuries.

William Jones, 46, was bending down to pick up a tool when a colleague jumped onto his back as a joke. Mr Jones heard a popping noise in his back, and it turned out that he was badly injured.

He required surgery to try to correct the injuries he suffered. This involved removing a piece of bone from his hip and inserting it into his spine. He continued to experience severe back pain, however, with the result that he was absent from work on health grounds for four years and was eventually made redundant. He has been told by his GP that he is unlikely to work again. He has tried to work in a charity shop but found that his back was too painful.

He brought a claim against his former employers on the basis that they were responsible for his colleague’s behaviour. The firm admitted liability and has recently agreed a settlement. The amount of compensation agreed has not been disclosed but is believed to be substantial.

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