Asda worker sues for £200,000 after pallet accident left him with a shorter leg


Former employee Steve Drew is seeking £200,000 in damages after tripping over a pallet while bringing in a ‘stack of bread’ from the store’s warehouse yard in 2017

Steve Drew, 49, is seeking £200,000 in damages after tripping while bringing in a 'stack of bread' from the warehouse yard at the supermarket's store in Sutton, Surrey, in September 2017.
Steve Drew, 49, was forced to undergo a hip replacement after an accident at work

An Asda employee is taking the grocer to court over allegations he was left with a shorter leg due to an accident at work.

Steve Drew, 49, is seeking £200,000 in damages after tripping while bringing in a ‘stack of bread’ from the warehouse yard at the supermarket’s store in Sutton, Surrey, in September 2017.

Mr Drew claims he fell after being “started by the sun” during his shift, an accident which later resulted in a hip replacement.

He alleges he was so badly injured that he has been left with one leg shorter than the other.

The case claims his employer was at fault in allowing the pallet truck he tripped on to be left where he could fall over it.

The incident occurred at the Asda store in Sutton, Surrey
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His lawyer Elizabeth Boulden told Central London County Court: “As he walked out, he was startled by the sun, turned to his left, and fell over a pallet truck which had been left in the walk area.”

Mr Drew, who suffered “an adjustment disorder” afterwards, claims Asda was at fault for allowing the truck to be left where he could topple over it.

The supermarket has admitted it was at fault, but is contesting the size of the payout Mr Drew should get and whether the fall was the cause of his ongoing issues.

According to documents filed at Central London County Court, Mr Drew had been covering a shift in the store’s warehouse, where he didn’t work normally, when he sustained his injury.

“He had brought in a fresh delivery and then returned to the warehouse to take in a bakery delivery,” says his barrister, Elizabeth Boulden.

Asda has admitted liability, but is now contesting the figure
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“He went out of the warehouse doors to the yard in order to collect a stack of bread.

“As he walked out, he was started by the sun, turned to his left, and fell over a pallet truck which had been left in his way in the walk area.

“As a result, I have tripped over the pallet truck, landing heavily, and thereby sustaining injury to his left leg.

“There was no one around, but he was able to reach his work phone and call for help.”

Mr Drew told the court he was left in serious pain, which extended down his left leg, and was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

He had suffered a ‘nasty’ break to his left femur and had to have it treated with metalwork being inserted into his hip.

However, the fixation failed to stabilize the fracture and he had to undergo a total hip replacement.

“As a consequence of the above, I have sustained a leg length discrepancy, causing him right leg and lower back pain,’ says his barrister.

“He also suffered from an adjustment disorder, namely a mixed anxiety and depressive reaction, as well as a further bout of adjustment disorder and then some residual anxiety, as a result of the accident and the physical injuries sustained.”

Judge Heather Baucher heard that Asda has accepted liability for the accident, but is contesting the size of the payout.

A full trial will follow unless it can be settled out of court.

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