Cash settlement for injured man

Paul Gelder of East story
Paul Gelder of East story

A MAN who was crushed by a truck at work has been awarded a six-figure compensation payment to help him live with his serious injuries.

The undisclosed sum went to Paul Gelder, who became trapped between a reversing lorry and a wall while working at UPS (Supply Chain Solutions) UK Ltd.

Mr Gelder, 54, suffers from permanent pain in his back, hips and legs and is unlikely to work again after the accident at the plant on Telford Way, Wakefield 41 Industrial Estate, on November 13, 2008.

Mr Gelder, of East Ardsley, needed a metal bar fitted in his back to hold pelvic bones in place and is now unable to do heavy lifting.

Injuries lawyers Irwin Mitchell secured an out-of-court settlement to cover lost earnings, treatment, ongoing care and adaptations at his home.

Mr Gelder said “I’m just so relieved this settlement is now secured. The past three years have been horrendous and it has been a struggle to get back on track.

“I will suffer from problems for the rest of my life because of this accident and can’t lift anything heavy at all. My life has changed completely but thankfully I now have help with treatment and special equipment to help me around the house.”

The company was fined £25,000 after admitting breaching health and safety rules at a court case in 2010. The firm declined to comment on Mr Gelder’s settlement.