18 December 2007
Employee whose injuries left him unable to work wins cash
A former council employee has been awarded a payout after a fall at work left him unable to remain in his job.
Ex-head groundsman and caretaker at Shaftesbury Town Council Joe Hashman had been helping council staff store boxes in a town hall loft in 2005 when his ladder slipped and he fell, the Dorset Echo reports.
As a result of the incident, Mr Hashman sustained suspected rib fractures, chest pain, shoulder swelling and back injuries which exacerbated an existing condition.
He claimed that the ladder given to him by the council was inadequate for the task and there had been no training or risk assessment conducted beforehand.
As a result of the accident, Shaftesbury Town Council were made to pay £10,118 in injury compensation and £19,014 in costs and lost earnings.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, 3351 employees suffered serious injury as a result of falls from height at work during 2005-06.