International engineering consultant Mott MacDonald “made no assessment of the risk” in Iraq which led to the serious injury of one of its employees in late 2003, the High Court heard today.
The firm faced the court alongside the Ministry of Defence this afternoon over an incident in which construction worker Graham Hopps, 45, lost his shoulder and suffered 136 fractures to his right arm when the Land Rover he was in was attacked in Basra six years ago while he was working on the construction of a new power station.
Mr Hopps, a father-of-two, alleges he was taken on an “unapproved” route in the vehicle, while civil servants and VIPs used armoured cars and had military escorts.
Council for Mr Hopps Nigel Wilkinson QC claimed that “Mott MacDonald should have ordered an investigation into the situation after they took the contract (but) the army was looking after them. They made no assessment of the risk at all.”
The MoD was strongly criticised during opening arguments for not being “forthcoming” with information for the trial which the claimant alleged was the reason for it running some three months behind schedule.
The trial continues tomorrow.