16 May 2013
Man who fell at work could claim compensation
A man who suffered life-changing injuries when he fell at work could launch legal proceedings against his former employer after it emerged that it used unsafe working practices.
Kiln operator David Snow, 56, was standing on top of a large oven to release a door that been jammed for a number of days after a Christmas shutdown.
As he tried to fix the problem, he lost his balance on the roof of the oven and fell three metres to the floor - breaking his left leg in multiple places and fracturing his skull.
Mr Snow still requires reconstructive surgery and needs crutches or a wheelchair to move around.
This has severely affected the man's quality of life - as he was previously a keen dog-walker and golfer.
Mr Snow's employer - Wienerberger - was fined £13,500 after being found to practice poor health and safety.
HSE inspector Michael Kingston said: "Mr Snow suffered major, life changing injuries as a result of this incident, but there was a real possibility that his fall could have been fatal."
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Posted by Francesca Witney