08 January 2008
Man knocked unconscious by boulder sues employers
A man who was struck on the head by a rock which fell from machinery on a construction site he was working on has launched a claim for compensation, the Star reports.
Ken Dixon, from Doncaster, was standing around six metres from a hole-boring machine as it was being cleaned when the incident happened.
He has not returned to work since and the prognosis for his injuries is said to be "extremely guarded".
Mr Dixon accuses his employers of negligence and says they failed to conduct a risk assessment, as well as failing to keep his workplace safe.
The firm is also accused of negligently allowing its staff to operate in foggy conditions with poor visibility and failing to ensure that the machine was free of debris and boulders among other things.
He has now launched a High Court claim for compensation against Cementation Foundations Skanska, a specialist in piling and ground engineering based in Hertfordshire.