A Nottingham man has been left with life-changing injuries after his employer didn’t provide the correct equipment for him whilst working at height.
Charanjit Singh was employed as a contractor to paint metal roof struts over 3m high. He was provided with a ladder which gave way whilst he was working. He hit the concrete floor below, dislocating his shoulder and shattering his knee. He spent 10 days in hospital and had to have a knee replacement. Mr Singh has not been able to return to work and now has mobility problems.
The Health and Safety Executive investigated the accident at work and discovered some major failings on part of employer Hardev Gutheran Singh. The HSE found that the ladder provided had been poorly maintained. It had lost some of its non-slip coating and one of the rungs was damaged.
The HSE also found that there was more suitable equipment available on site, including a scaffolding tower, which should have been used instead.
Hardev Gutheran Singh has been ordered to complete 180 hours of community service after being found guilty of breaching the Work at Height Regulations and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.
Sadly, falls from height are the biggest cause of death and serious injury in the construction industry. Employers must ensure that all staff have the proper equipment, protection and training for working at height to prevent life-changing or fatal accidents.
You employer must keep you safe at work, no matter what you’re doing. If you’re given equipment that you think is unsuitable for the job you’ve been asked to do, you have the right to refuse to do the work until the proper equipment is made available. If you are asked to work at height without protection or a safe way to get to where you’re working, ask for more equipment before you start working.
If you are injured at work through no fault of your own you can claim compensation from your employer. All employers have to have employee liability insurance so if you do get awarded compensation it comes from the insurance company and not your employer. You also can’t be fired or discriminated against for claiming compensation.
Matthew Tomlinson is a senior personal injury solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Sheffield, specialising in work accident compensation claims.
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