28 April 2009
Construction worker seeks £250k in compensation for spinal injury
A man who was seriously injured at work has launched a claim for compensation.
According to Building magazine, Iain Cowan is seeking a payout of up to £250,000.
In October 2006, he was operating as a banksman during the construction of a bridge on the M20 motorway.
He asked the excavator driver he was assisting to stop the machine and turn it sideways.
However, the driver failed to do this and as Mr Cowan moved to speak to some colleagues, he was struck by the arm of the excavator and was knocked into a trench.
As a result of the incident, he suffered a fractured spine, chest injuries and a cut to his right leg.
He is suing Norwest Holst - which has since been renamed Vinci Construction UK - alleging that it failed to provide a suitable trained driver.
The firm, which is involved in building, civil engineering and soil engineering, among other activities, declined to comment on the case.