03 November 2011
Man dies following accident at work
A fatal accident at work could result in the family of the victim seeking compensation after his employer admitted liability.
Alan Kerwin passed away in April 2009 from a seizure caused by the severe injuries he sustained during an incident as in Ashton-under-Lyne while working for J Mills Contractors - a firm established in 1908 - in March 2007.
Mr Kerwin was replacing a skylight on the roof of a warehouse in the Greater Manchester town when he fell through the fragile surface to the ground around ten metres below.
The 32-year-old suffered a fractured skull as well as other serious injuries and developed post-traumatic epilepsy shortly afterwards.
During a case heard at Manchester Crown Court, J Mills admitted breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 after not conducting a proper risk assessment of the operation.
Health and Safety Executive inspector David Norton said the accident had been "entirely avoidable".
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Posted by Francesca Witney