11 December 2009
Engineer to get compensation after suffering workplace fall
A man who sustained injuries to his leg after falling from a ladder at work has been awarded a payout of £450,000.
In September 2002, electrical engineer Keith Waring tumbled 13 feet on to a paved patio, suffering damage to his ankles, the Yorkshire Post reports.
As a result of the impact, he required a below-the-knee amputation and now has to wear a prosthesis.
Mr Waring stated: "It doesn't bear thinking about what would have happened if I'd landed differently or banged my head."
He added that his accident should not have occurred and it would not have if his employer had provided him with the correct training and safety equipment.
According to figures produced by the Health and Safety Executive, there were a total of 58 fatalities caused by falls from height in 2007-08 and incidents involving ladders were responsible for 16 of these.
They also caused 1,146 major injuries over the 12-month period.