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Advice on broken inspection chamber please.

kaychoo Avatar
6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
If anyone could give any advice it would really help me out, thank you.

Today my mum hired a skip and as it was being delivered the driver of the truck had to reverse into the driveway; doing so he drove over the inspection chamber/ manhole cover and with a huge crack he broke it into little pieces. The driver just shrugged, took the money and left leaving us with a hole so big someone could fall through it.
My mum then rang our water provider who said that as it was on private property we are held responsible for it and that they'd come have a look at it tomorrow.

Now the thing is my mum wants to charge the damages to the company who broke the cover, but I have no idea how to go about this. Is it even possible to do so? I have photographic proof that the driver was the one who broke it and that the cover was perfectly fine before he came along; would this be of any help at all?

Again any advice would be great, thanks.
kaychoo Avatar
6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
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#1
what did the company say when you rang them to complain?
1 Like #2
I would give the skip hire company a call and speak to 'The man in charge' and explain the situation to him asap as I doubt the driver told him and you don't want to leave it too long before you let them know of the damage. See how it goes from there - the best thing to do would be to ask them to fix it, being a skip company you never know they might even have a spare manhole cover!
banned#3
Surely a manhole cover should be strong enough to have a lorry drive over it. I would possibly argue with the water co that it was faulty.

I'm not really sure you can claim against the skip company, presumably they were putting the skip where you asked them to, so can't really see how it's their fault.
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boothy
what did the company say when you rang them to complain?


In the time that it took to ring the water provider to see who would be responsible the company has already closed for the day. I'll try ringing them asap tomorrow and see what happens from there.

sickly sweet
I would give the skip hire company a call and speak to 'The man in charge' and explain the situation to him asap as I doubt the driver told him and you don't want to leave it too long before you let them know of the damage. See how it goes from there - the best thing to do would be to ask them to fix it, being a skip company you never know they might even have a spare manhole cover!


Thanks, that's what I'll probably do tomorrow as they're closed right now.
They're stationed only down the road from where I live so do you think it would better to speak to them face to face or just ring instead?

Hehe, it would be a great help if they did. :)

colinsunderland
Surely a manhole cover should be strong enough to have a lorry drive over it. I would possibly argue with the water co that it was faulty.

I'm not really sure you can claim against the skip company, presumably they were putting the skip where you asked them to, so can't really see how it's their fault.


Yeah, everyone I've spoken to has said that so I have no idea how it happened unless like you said it's faulty.

The least I can do is try and talk to them as again that's what everyone I have spoken to has said to do so far. I would have absolutely no idea where to start in charging the repairs to the water company if it was faulty.
banned#5
domestic property manholes are not even rated for a car to drive onto, let alone a 30 ton lorry

the argument will be between who asked him to drive his lorry onto that place (did you ask for the skip in that location?) and the company liability for breakage and not inspecting the route his lorry would take over said manhole

the majority i would say would be the company, but not entirely

older manhole covers vary in sizes and can be a pain to find, sometimes having to pay a foundry to cast a new one
banned#6
This is a very common occurrence for skip companies, which is why most have a clause in the contract that says it is the occupiers responsibility to inform the driver and occupiers accept all liability for any damage done to said manhole covers.
#7
the property owner is responsible for all drainage / water mains repairs and maintenance on their land i'm afraid, so you will get no joy from the water company
#8
colinsunderland

I'm not really sure you can claim against the skip company, presumably they were putting the skip where you asked them to, so can't really see how it's their fault.


this,

you should have asked the driver first if you were not sure if it was safe to go up the drive with a 4- 6 tonne truck

they generally advise best place for it if you converse
banned#9
go down to your local builders merchants and buy another one , not expensive, problem sorted
1 Like #10
usually there is a clause on the back of the delivery slip the driver will have given you that states something along the lines of the company isnt held liable if their vehicle needs to leave the highway so you may find either they are a strict company and will say no your fault or if they are not so bad they may decide to help you out & fit a new cover. It isnt anything to do with the water company though.

if you dont get any luck with the skip co just buy another cover & fit. if its just the top part broken you can buy new one lift out the old & pop in the new will take you 30 secs to do and should cost too much even ebay sell them.

we had similar last year when we were geting a skip collected the lorry didnt put blocks down to protect the path & they ended up putting a hole in the path. fortunately because it was on the road not our land they came out the same day & filled in it with some tarmac
#11
We rang the company whom said they would come and take a look only to get a call back from them to have them suddenly change their minds and say no it's got nothing to do with them.
Of course the owner said that on the back of the delivery note was some bull like some of you said, but the delivery man parked the skip before he gave us the slip; sadly we have no proof to show that though so I know there's nothing we can do even though my mother won't accept it.

Rep will be given to everyone who helped, thanks.

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