A former British Energy employee from East Yorkshire, who was knocked off his bike by a road sweeper and then suffered a stroke, has secured over £200,000 in compensation. The damages were secured with the support of his trade union Unite and their personal injury specialists Thompsons Solicitors.

Dr Glyn Powell, from Selby, East Yorkshire, worked for British Energy as a Control Operator based at their Eggborough Power Station.

Dr Powell, aged 58, explains: “I was involved in an accident on my way home from work when I was knocked off my bicycle, from behind, by a roadsweeper. I suffered injury to the back of the head and severe bruising to the back of my body. After my accident I lost consciousness and came to at Doncaster Royal Infirmary A & E. A CT scan on my brain confirmed that I had suffered a stroke at the site of the accident.”

Dr Powell concludes: “I’ve been an active trade union member for over 30 years and I would encourage everyone to join a union. I have nothing but praise for their excellent legal team.”

The defendant in the case was Yorkshire firm RK & CE Smallwood who operate the road sweeping equipment.

Unusual Road Accident

Davey Hall, Unite Regional Secretary said, “This was an unusual road accident but one that resulted in very severe injuries. Fortunately, Glyn Powell was a Unite member and was able to get the compensation he deserves for the injuries he suffered and the time he had to have off work. Furthermore, members like Dr Powell can rest assured that the union’s legal service also protects them if they are injured in non workplace accidents too, as this case highlights.”

Representing Dr Powell, Nikki Sharpe from Thompsons Solicitors in Sheffield comments: “We’re relieved for Dr Powell that the case has settled successfully. For over 10 years he has cycled this same route to work without any problems. His career has been cut short and he deserves every penny of his compensation.”

This news story was also published by The York Press, the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Dewsbury Reporter and the Selby Times.