Compensation may be sought by the family of a man left with life-changing injuries following an accident at work.
Mark Lambton sustained severe brain damage when he fell from the roof of a house while working for James Wilson - trading as J Wilson Home Improvements - in Darlington in July last year.
The 50-year-old had been contracted by Mr Wilson along with another professional to complete several tasks at the residential property, including pointing its ridge tiles, fitting a system to its gable end and replacing some roof tiles.
An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr Lambton was sustained his major head injury when he fell a distance of between six and seven metres as he cleared concrete debris from the roof.
He subsequently landed on a path alongside the house and had to be taken urgently to hospital for treatment, where he was placed in a drug-induced coma from more than two months.
Due to the severity of his injuries, Mr Lambton remains in a vegetative state and doctors believe it to be unlikely that his condition will improve in the future, meaning his family could decide to pursue a damages claim on his behalf.
Indeed, during a case heard at Darlington Magistrates' Court, the HSE stated that Mr Wilson had not provided his workers with safe conditions as he failed to put any precautions in place to prevent falls from the roof.
The contractor therefore admitted breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Emma Scott, inspector at the HSE, labelled his conduct at "totally unacceptable".
"This incident could have been easily avoided if appropriate edge protection and safe access had been put in place to prevent falls. Instead, Mr Lambton has suffered life-changing injuries," she added.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas