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Compensation for Baggage Handler Injuries Awarded after Claim

A Stansted Airport worker, who suffered a broken back after being hit by a luggage towing vehicle, has resolved his claim for compensation for baggage handler injuries for an undisclosed settlement.

Mick Draper (64) from Braintree, Essex, made his claim for baggage handler injuries after an investigation into his accident at Stansted Airport in March 2009 revealed that the driver of the luggage towing vehicle had worked eleven consecutive seventeen-hour shifts.

Mick broke three bones in his back after being knocked onto a luggage chute by the force of the impact and, despite a series of operations to reconstruct the broken bones, is unable to walk, lift or perform domestic tasks without pain.

It was alleged in Mick´s claim for compensation for baggage handler injuries that his employers – Swissport – had previously been warned by his union Unite that the long hours employees were being allowed to work represented a risk to health and safety

Swissport acknowledged that they had placed their baggage handlers at risk of injury and settled Mick´s claim for baggage handler injuries out of court for an undisclosed amount.