MoD sued by former employee after accident

A former RAF employee is suing the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after an accident at a work social event left him paralysed from the waist down.

Robert Uren, from Camborne, was trying to collect plastic fruit from an inflatable pool when he slipped while diving at RAF High Wycombe.

Mr Uren, 24, was paralysed from the waist down and now uses a wheelchair.

He was medically discharged from the RAF and is seeking more than £6m from the MoD, claiming it was liable.

Robert Uren, from Cambome in Cornwall, was attending an organised team-building day at RAF High Wycombe when the accident occurred. Mr Uren, who joined the RAF three years earlier aged 18, fractured his spine in three places and suffered irreparable damage to his spine as a result of the accident. He is now rendered tetraplegic.

The horrific accident happened when he slipped while diving into the pool as attempted to collect plastic fruit from an inflatable pool during an "It's a Knock-Out" themed fun day.

After being discharged from the RAF on medical grounds, Mr Uren, who was 21 when the accident happened, has now put in a compensation claim against the MoD for the accident that left him unable to walk. The case has now reached the High Court...

Mr Uren is seeking more than £6million from the MoD, whom he believe to be liable for the accident claiming it "failed to provide a safe system of work" for its employees. The former senior aircraftsman is also accusing Corporate Leisure, who was commissioned to organise the event, of being partially responsible for the accident...

Speaking in court Mr Uren's QC, Sir Geoffrey Nice, claimed that the accident happened after his client and his peers were encouraged to dive into the shallow pool by representatives from Corporate Leisure. He claimed that those supervising could have prevented the accident by banning participants from diving into the unsuitable shallow pool.

In a recent interview, Mr Uren said that the accident had not put him off a future career in the forces, adding that he still dreams about returning one day as an electronics engineer.

Both Corporate Leisure and the MoD deny negligence and liability for Mr Uren's injuries and are fighting the case.

He was medically discharged from the RAF and is now seeking more than £6m from the MoD, claiming it was liable.

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