01 May 2009
Man awarded compensation after losing leg due to work accident
A man who has to have his leg amputated below the knee as a result of an accident at work has been awarded compensation.
William Edge was employed as a labourer by Ardmore Construction and was performing his role of locking up the building site at the end of the day when the accident happened.
On a number of occasions, the 64-year-old had requested that he be accompanied while performing this role or that his employers provide him with a two-way radio.
However, this plea was ignored.
Part of Mr Edge's duties involved securing a basement area by climbing down a ladder which was exposed to the elements.
In September 2005, he lost his grip on the ladder, which was wet, and fell to the concrete below, fracturing his ankle.
He was left there for 20 minutes until a passerby heard his calls for help.
Since the accident, he had eight operations to fix his ankle. However, in January 2007, doctors took the decision to amputate his leg below the knee.
Ardmore Construction admitted liability and paid a substantial sum to Mr Edge.
In 2007-08, there were 299,000 reportable injuries suffered by workers in the UK, according to the Health and Safety Executive.