Five-figure sum for back injury man

PUBLISHED: 09:54 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

A MAN left in agony after accidents at work has received a five-figure sum in compensation. Sean Wilson, 43, who now lives in Wrexham, sustained back injuries while working for Sealed Air Limited, based in Saxon Way, Melbourn. Mr Wilson said: This has

A MAN left "in agony" after accidents at work has received a five-figure sum in compensation.

Sean Wilson, 43, who now lives in Wrexham, sustained back injuries while working for Sealed Air Limited, based in Saxon Way, Melbourn.

Mr Wilson said: "This has had a massive effect on my life. I can't walk, stand up, or sit down for too long, otherwise I am in agony.

"I used to be a keen golfer but I don't dare pick up a golf club now for fear of what could happen. I am now effectively housebound and my quality of life has gone downhill since developing back pain.

"Had it not been for the accidents I would have stayed in work as long as my back would have allowed me to.

"I had always planned on working up to retirement age."

Mr Wilson, who had worked for Sealed Air for 16 years, sustained three different back injuries between 2004 and 2005.

After the third injury, he left his job, and it was discovered that degenerative changes in his spine had taken place, aggravated by the accidents.

The consultant who made the diagnosis said Mr Wilson would have been able to work for a further two-and-a- half years if he had not been injured.

Andy Frampton from Unite, Mr Wilson's union, said the injuries could have been prevented if proper manual handling procedures had been put in place.

He said: "Manual handling injuries can result in a number of different conditions which can, as in Mr Wilson's case, have the potential to leave someone permanently disabled and out of work.

"We are pleased we have been able to help Mr Wilson receive compensation for his hardship."

Sealed Air denied liability for an accident in 2004, but admitted liability for one in 2005 and agreed to settle on both accidents.

No claim was made for the third injury.

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