19 June 2012
Carpenter's family to seek damages after fatal accident?
A family could launch a compensation claim after one of their loved ones passed away in a fatal accident at work.
Carpenter Philip Hames died when a large slab of concrete fell on top of him as he worked on the construction of a new accommodation block at the Claverton Down Campus of Bath University in November 2007.
Mr Hames was working for Creagh Concrete Products on the project when he altered a metal prop without realising it was attached to the piece of material above him.
He died instantly when the falling concrete hit him and an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that his employer had failed to inform its members of staff about how the joint worked properly.
Ian Smart of the HSE observed that despite his experience, Mr Hames would therefore have been unaware of the consequence of his action.
"It was foreseeable he and other workers on site would seek to move props and robust steps should have been taken to prevent this," he added.
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Posted by Francesca Witney