05 March 2007
Man who fell off ladder at work wins £87,000
A Guernsey man who nearly died in an accident at work has been awarded £87,000 in compensation plus interest.
63-year-old John Waterman was at the depot where he worked in 2001 when the ladder he was using gave way underneath him, causing him to suffer head and spinal injuries so severe that he was fighting for his life.
Mr Waterman had been employed at States Work for 31 years and was, at the time, the district committee chairman of the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU), whose backing he had throughout his case.
Five years later an out-of-court settlement was reached with his former employers insurers, after Mr Waterman claimed that the ladder had collapsed because it was rotten.
Commenting on the outcome Mr Waterman, said: ‘I’m still suffering now with memory loss and poor balance, but no amount of finance or doctor’s advice is going to compensate for that. At least I have received a financial award for my suffering,"
State Works was fined £2,000 for breaching health and safety regulations in 2002.