A postwoman who broke her arm after slipping in a pool of water in a delivery office caused by a leaking roof has won £4,000 damages.
Maureen Fenoughty was wearing snow chains on her feet – which she had informed her manager were a size too small – when she fell at the Royal Mail’s Sheffield East Delivery Office in Attercliffe.
The 56-year-old, of Crookes, Sheffield, was wearing the chains to help her with the snowy weather conditions on her delivery round.
She needed surgery to pin her arm and a second operation to remove a chipped bone and still suffers side effects three years later.
The postwoman, who has worked for the Royal Mail for 15 years, said: “It was common knowledge that after heavy rainfall or snow the flat roof of the office would leak on to the work stations, which should have been dealt with sooner to prevent accidents like this. The office was closed down soon after my accident.
“As I was walking out of the building, I slipped in a pool of water which had gathered round one of the workstations and fell heavily on to the concrete floor.
“I landed on my back and the pain in my wrist and arm was excruciating.
“I’ve been in agony ever since and it’s been really frustrating not being able to do the everyday jobs I took for granted, such as the housework and shopping.
“I have to take painkillers almost every day to help me do my delivery round.
“Not being able to paint, draw and do the gardening as often as I used to has been so hard for me because these are things I love to do.”
Rosalyn Holmes, of Sheffield-based law firm Irwin Mitchell, said: “Her case highlights how important it is for employers to maintain health and safety standards so employees can carry out their jobs safely.”