27 April 2012
Paralysed joiner to seek compensation?
Life-changing injuries sustained by a self-employed joiner in an accident at work may lead to him launching a claim for compensation.
The unnamed professional was left paralysed from the waist down when he fell a distance of around three metres while working on a church in the London district of South Kensington in March 2010.
At the time of the incident, the man was helping refurbish St Paul's church in Onslow Square in the area when he fell from a poorly-guarded balcony to the floor below.
A subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that Holy Trinity Brompton parish council - which manages three churches - had failed to provide sufficient safety measures for the work to be carried out properly.
For instance, there was not a high enough barrier in place to prevent employees falling from height.
Peter Collingwood of the HSE commented: "This incident has had life-changing consequences for this man - and yet it could have been easily prevented."
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Posted by Chris Stevenson