Yorkshire dad left with two broken legs after being crushed by brick …

A Yorkshire dad-of-four was left with two broken legs after a lorry reversed into a brick wall and he was caught under the rubble.

Peter Hall, 31, says he's been left unable to work since the incident in January, which took place at Hawthorn Timber on Haller Street in Hull. He is now struggling to support his family of six on just £100 a week.

The Hull dad had been deployed to Hawthorn Timber as a labourer in January, and was standing on a street outside the timber yard, he says. Peter claims a lorry reversed into a wall, completely destroying it, damaging cars and crushing his legs beneath the bricks, HullLive reports.[1]

Peter also claims that he could have been killed if a co-worker hadn't managed to pull him partially out of the way at the last moment. He suffered two broken ankles, two fractured heels, and broke his tibia and fibula in both legs.

He is worried he could never fully recover from the injury, and believes inadequate health and safety measures on site were to blame for the incident. He is hoping to get compensation for what happened.

Speaking to Hull Live, Peter said: "While on shift, I went to the street to have a cigarette because you are not allowed to smoke in a timber yard. Next thing I know, a lorry rams into the wall I'm stood against and knocks it down, trapping me under it.

Injuries Peter sustained Injuries Peter sustained

"First thing that went through my head was, will I ever see my kids again? I had to drag myself out of the rubble as nobody had tried to get to me.

"I asked for all of my family to come and see me after it happened as I didn't know if I'd ever get the chance again. I was in hospital for five days with both legs broken in multiple places.

"I haven't been able to work since and I've been trying to support my family on only £100 a week in sick pay as an agency worker. We've really been struggling at the moment and it's been hard for all of us.

"I've got constant aches and a limp now and I don't know if I'll ever fully recover. I believe that if there had been a barrier along that wall, the lorry never would have crashed into it and I wouldn't have been crushed."

He added: "If my mate hadn't pulled me away at the last second, I probably would have died. That's how serious this is."

In a statement, Humberside Police said: "We were called at around 3.20pm on Thursday 26 January to reports that a lorry had collided with a wall at Hawthorn Timber on Haller Street in Hull."

A spokesperson for Hawthorn Timber said: "There was an accident on that date, which is being dealt with by our insurers. No further comment will be made."

A Health and Safety Executive spokesperson said: "We are aware of this incident and making enquiries."


  1. ^ HullLive reports. (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Jonathan Hogg's heartbroken family's tribute to 'one-in-a-million' dad savaged by 'XL bully-type' dog (www.examinerlive.co.uk)