Mechanic sues for R2,3?million

2013-03-05 00:00

A DIESEL mechanic badly injured when a rotary mower weighing a ton fell on him is claiming more than R2,3 million from the owner of the property where the accident happened.

Pietermaritzburg high court Judge Fikile Mokgohloa is hearing oral evidence to determine whether Kwambonambi businessman Noel Godwin is liable for the injuries sustained by mechanic Errol Wayne Swiegers on February 23, 2009, allegedly due to an act of negligence by one of his employees.

The amount of the damages will only be dealt with by the court after it has ruled on the issue of liability.

According to court papers, Swiegers, of Wayne’s Mechanical Services, was able to return to work six months after the accident, but only on a limited basis.

He is no longer able to perform physical work because of the severity of his back injuries.

He claims he has had to employ extra staff to help him with his business, increasing his expenses and more than halving his earnings.

According to the papers, Swiegers was called out to Godwin’s Kwambonambi premises to repair a rotary mower (or slasher) while it was secured by means of four six-ton truck stands.

It is alleged that while he was inspecting the gearbox, one of Godwin’s employees got into the tractor (to which the mower was attached) and depressed the clutch pedal, dislodging the mower and causing it to fall and crush Swiegers.

As a result of the accident, Swiegers was allegedly unconscious for 30 minutes and suffered excruciating pain resulting from injuries to his spine, which needed surgery. He allegedly continues to suffer from pain and takes anti-inflammatory and analgesic medication daily.

Godwin is opposing the application and disputes the injuries were caused by his employee’s negligence.

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