A LABOURER blinded in an accident at work in Sheffield has not received compensation for his injuries because his bosses were not insured and have ceased trading.
Ryan Scott, aged 26, was hit in the eye with a metal peg when he was removing an awning from a caravan at the Goodfellas Club in Attercliffe in March 2004.
Ryan won a claim to cover his lost earnings, personal injuries and future care costs but has not received compensation because the claim cannot be enforced as his employer was not insured and the company has since folded.
Sheffield-based law firm Irwin Mitchell is urging the Government to establish an Employers’ Liability Insurance Bureau to save workers whose bosses are not insured from missing out on vital support and rehabilitation.
Ryan said: “The past seven years have just been a nightmare. I’m distraught that I’ve lost my vision, my independence, my job and many of my friends. I’ve found it extremely difficult to deal with.
“I still remember vividly when the metal peg hit me with such force that I felt a pop and was knocked to the ground.”
He added: “I was taken to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, where I was told I had sustained a large cut to my eye and would need to undergo an operation immediately.
“I received 13 stitches and remained in the Hallamshire for five days.
“I’m told my eye will be painful forever and it will always affect how I live my life.
“I’ve attempted other jobs but the conditions have made it very difficult to carry out the work so I’m still looking for employment or training suitable to someone with my condition.”
David Urpeth, head of Irwin Mitchell’s Workplace Illness and Accident team, said a new bureau would protect victims of accidents at work where there is no insurer or they can’t be traced.
It would work in a similar way to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, which has protects victims of uninsured drivers.
Mr Urpeth said: “What we need is protection for people in similar cases where, despite rigorous and comprehensive searches, no insurer either exists or can be found.”