AN injured First Quantum Mining & Operations Limited truck operator has sued his employer claiming damages for personal injury resulting from negligence.
Ezra Kasansu in his statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court submitted that he was employed at FQM in June 2012 as a truck operator through a written covenant.
Kasansu stated, however, that on June 3, 2016, as he carried out his duties at FQMO-mining division in Solwezi, he was inside a truck waiting to be loaded with material when a heavy rock was violently dropped into the pan of his truck. The rock was, according to Kasansu, dropped by Jephter Sakala, a fellow employee.
He stated that the incident caused him to be thrust up and down causing him severe injuries.
Kasansu claimed that he suffered a bulged disc in the spine forcing him to be hospitalised adding that he also suffered pain due to strain on his lower back of the abdomen. The plaintiff further stated that he experienced shock and mental distress as a result of the accident, which was allegedly caused by the negligence of Sakala.
He claimed that Sakala failed to load the rocks gently onto the pan of the truck and that he also failed to take necessary measures to avoid the accident. As a result of the said avoidable accident, Kasansu stated that he incurred medical expenses as well as accommodation and transport bills.
He is claiming special damages and damages for personal injury from the negligence of Sakala, who is a servant or agent of FQM. Kasansu further claimed interest on the amounts found due and any other reliefs that the court might deem fit.