30 October 2012
Serious injuries to lead to compensation claim?
Compensation could be sought by a man who sustained several serious injuries during an accident at work.
The unnamed 34-year-old contractor suffered multiple fractures to his skull, back, leg and wrist in an incident while he worked at premises owned by Adhere Industrial Tapes in Colchester in November last year.
At the time of this accident, the professional was replacing a light fitting from a makeshift platform, which had been made by placing a metal cage on top of a wooden pallet.
However, after he had been lifted on top of the surface by a reach truck, the platform toppled off the vehicle's forks and he fell a distance of around seven metres to the floor below.
Due to the severity of his injuries, the man had to undergo surgery and was then kept in hospital for a period of ten days following the incident.
He has not yet been able to return to his job as he continues to receive physiotherapy and aqua therapy to help his recovery and medical professionals remain unsure as to what type of work he will be fit to carry out in the future.
An investigation into the incident carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the platform the worker was allowed to use to carry out this job was put up without "essential safeguards", such as harnesses to secure the cage to the truck supporting it.
Furthermore, it was also established that none of the drivers working for the company had been properly trained with regard to lifting people safely and Adhere Industrial Tapes admitted breaking both the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
Paul Grover, inspector at the HSE, commented: "Working arrangements fell well below the required legal standards and these breaches of statutory provisions resulted in serous injuries of a potentially life-changing nature. Given the height the contractor fell from, the incident clearly had the potential to have fatal consequences."
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Posted by Francesca Witney