22 May 2007
Worker wins six-figure compensation for building site accident
A former maintenance worker whose leg was crushed and partially amputated at a building site has won £1 million compensation.
Matthew Watton, 40, was working at the Shifnal construction site two years ago when a tipper truck weighing 30 tonnes toppled against him and trapped him against a pile of rubble.
In order to free him, his leg was amputated and he also suffered internal injuries and damage to his head.
The award of damages was made after the truck owner accepted claims that the company had been negligent in allowing the accident to occur.
Mr Telford told the BBC: "When I came out it was one of those things that was really painful - for an hour and a half being trapped and not knowing whether you were going to die."
Since the accident Mr Telford, who is a father of five, has found work as a football coach at a local primary school.