Big roof fall compensation expected

A worker who suffered severe injuries when he fell from a roof is expected to receive a substantial amount of personal injury compensation.

Giovanni Mastrodomenico was carrying out metalwork on the roof of a property in Swindon when the incident took place in August 2011.

The 56-year-old fell through a waterproof membrane and into an unguarded hole, landing on concrete some four metres below.

The accident at work left him with permanent injuries that have left him unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair.

The circumstances surrounding the case will no doubt be fully considered when a decision is arrived at regarding the amount of personal injury compensation.

HSE investigation

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) concluded his employer Tego Roofing and principal site contractor Wates Construction failed in their duty of care to the individual.

Scaffolding underneath the hole had been removed because it was obstructing an escape route, but no additional provision was made to protect the safety of those working on the roof.

Personal injury compensation

The level of personal injury compensation to be paid to Mr Mastrodomenico has not yet been decided.

HSE inspector Keiron Jones said Mr Mastrodomenico’s life and those of his family have been changed irreversibly as a result of management failings at the site.

“Falls from height are the biggest killer in the construction industry and last year alone more than 6,300 employees suffered major injuries following a fall.

“Working at height must always be properly planned,” Mr Jones said.

The case was heard at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on July 9, when Tego Roofing was fined £10,000 and Wates Construction was fined £18,000, after both companies pleaded guilty to breaching separate articles of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

Source: HSE

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