An accident at work that left a man with life-threatening injuries could result in his employer facing a claim for compensation.
The unnamed 43-year-old suffered multiple injuries including a brain haemorrhage, fractured skull and a collapsed lung when he fell a distance of more than two metres from scaffolding while he worked for CME Ceilings in Liverpool in January last year.
At the time of this incident, the professional was working on a project to install a suspended ceiling at the Croxteth Sports and Wellbeing Centre and an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that he got injured due to the inadequacy of the working system CME put in place.
The HSE found that although the company had originally planned to use a scissor lift to reach the ceiling of the building it then failed to arrange for this equipment to be delivered to the site, meaning they opted to use a scaffolding tower instead.
However, the wheel brakes on this construction were not applied to stabilise it, while CME also did not install any protective measures - such as railings and boards - to prevent employees falling from it, while the parts used to make it were also damaged.
Consequently, the man fell to the concrete floor below when the scaffolding began moving across the room as he worked.
Due to the severity of his injuries - which also included fractures to his ribs, collar bone and wrist - the worker was kept in intensive care for two weeks following the accident and has since been unable to return to his job.
Meanwhile, his head injury has had a marked affect on his personality and, during a case heard at Liverpool Magistrates' Court, CME admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Mark Baker, an inspector at the HSE, observed: "This case should act as a warning to firms not to cut corners and to make sure they use the right equipment for the job they're doing."
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Posted by Chris Stevenson