05 December 2008
Amputee fights for £300k compensation
A legal battle has been launched by a builder who was seriously injured when a property he was working in collapsed.
Grigore Vraja was trapped in the wreckage of the building centre, which was situated on Dean Farrar Street in London, for ten hours before being rescued by fire fighters.
After being removed, he was taken to hospital, where doctors decided to amputate his leg from the hip, Building.co.uk reports.
According to the 22-year-old's legal team, neither planning permission nor building control had been approved before work to convert the building was carried out in June last year.
Mr Vraja is suing property owners Bashir Nathoo and Shirazali Boghuni, who are both hotel developers, for up to £300,000.
Meanwhile, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is currently conducting an investigation into the incident.
According to figures produced by the HSE, 229 workers lost their lives in the UK during 2007-08.