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Dustbinman sues Veolia over lorry accident

A dustbin man whose foot was crushed by a lorry has launched a legal battle for compensation of up to £150,000.

Kevin Jobe, 48, suffered devastating injuries to his left foot and needed 10 operations, according to a High Court writ.

Now Jobe, of flat 7, Moelwyn Hughes Court, Hilldrop Lane, London N7, is suing Veolia Environmental Services after the accident on June 18 2007.

He had just stepped out of a dustbin lorry to help driver Arturas Jablonskis back up when the driver reversed and turned his front wheels, crushing Jobes foot against the kerb.

Jobe accuses Veolia of negligence and claims the company failed to carry out a suitable risk assessment, failed to provide the training the health and safety training, failed to wait for him to get clear of the lorry before moving off, and failed to warn of his intended manoeuvre.

Jablonskis negligently reversed and turned the front wheels when it was unsafe, drove too fast, and drove into collision with him, the writ says.

Jobe still fears that his foot may have to be amputated because of the severity of his injuries.

A Veolia Environmental Services' spokeswoman said: "We regard the health and safety of our employees and general public as of the utmost importance and actively train and encourage our staff to act safely and responsibly while carrying out their work duties.  Our sympathies are with Mr Jobe for his continued recovery and we take the injuries he suffered extremely seriously. We are therefore working closely with our insurers as the matter continues to be thoroughly investigated.''


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