Father claims Croydon Primark failed to help when he suffered collapsed lung
A former Primark worker has claimed his former employer failed to get him medical treatment when he had suffered a collapsed lung.
Anthony De Souza, 42, of Waddon, is taking legal action against his former employers after claiming he was struggling to breath at work, but was told to walk to a health centre and to come into work the next morning.
He ended up in hospital with a collapsed lung.
The father-of-three, who worked as a retail operative in the shoes department at the Croydon branch, is now taking legal advice so he can take his formal employer to court.
He has already taken his case to an employment tribunal but due to his own administrative errors on his paperwork as he was representing himself, it was dismissed at a hearing last week.
Primark has said it totally refutes the claim, stating that Mr De Souza declined any offers of assistance from colleagues.
Mr De Souza went to work on 14 November, 2012 but after he arrived he suffered severe chest pains and struggled to breathe.
He says he was also shaking and having hot and cold fevers. The 42-year-old, who said he has worked at Primark for three years without a sick day, said he went to his HR office for help.
Mr De Souza said staff did not give him first aid or call an ambulance, instead telling him to go to the Edridge Road Community Health Centre.
Due to his difficulty in breathing, Mr De Souza said it took him 45 minutes to walk a 10 minute journey.
He said doctors at the health centre gave him painkillers to ease the pain before he returned to work as he was still signed in but was still finding it difficult to breathe.
Mr De Souza said he was then told he had to be in for an early shift the next day to make up for the time lost going to the health centre.
But overnight his condition deteriorated and he was taken to hospital the next morning.
It was discovered he had a collapsed left lung and had to undergo an emergency operation. Doctors told Mr De Souza he could have died.
He has since had two more collapsed lungs. He left his job at Primark in August this year.
Mr De Souza said: "I was scared and frightened. I have never been through something like this before, I have "The pain I was going through as immense and I got no help whatsoever. They could have sent me walking to my death.
"That is not good enough. They should have helped me and I will take this as far as I can."
A spokesman for Primark said: "Primark refute the claims made by Mr de Souza as having no basis and welcome the decision by the tribunal to strike out the claim for a second time.
"Primark takes the health and safety of its staff extremely seriously and in the case of Mr de Souza, he declined any offers of assistance from colleagues in the store on 14 November 2012."
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