A builder who suffered life-changing injuries after a 15ft fall through an unguarded skylight has been awarded a six-figure sum in compensation. Mark Wright, 50, from Essex, was carrying out work on the roof of a London house in 2011, when he fell through an unguarded skylight onto a wooden floor below, breaking his back. He sustained severe spinal injuries from which he will never fully recover and requires ongoing treatment.
Mr Wright’s injuries have left him unable to work in the construction industry. The contractors Mr Wright was working with, Sherlock Interiors, admitted liability for the accident and agreed to a settlement to cover his loss of earnings and injuries. Two other companies who were also involved with the construction work agreed to a joint settlement.
Helen Clifford, who represented Mr Wright, commented, “The impact on him and his family has been significant. The construction industry is a unique working environment, both in terms of the dangers which workers face and the mechanics of their work and accidents.”
Injuries caused by accidents at work
You may think accidents at work only happen in the construction industry – in fact they have the potential to happen in any work place. Here are a few examples of the types of accidents which could occur at work:
- Slip, trip or fall
- Fall from height
- Struck by objects falling from height
- Burned by hot liquids or food
- Illness caused by hazardous chemicals, such as asbestos poisoning or inhalation of silica dust
- Injuries caused by heavy lifting
- Food poisoning
If you have been injured whilst working on a construction site, or have been involved in any other type of accident at work, contact a personal injury lawyer to see if you are eligible to claim compensation.
Claiming compensation for workplace accidents
Accident Advice Helpline knows that the aftermath of any accident can be a stressful time; you’re focusing on getting well and getting back to work. However, we believe that those responsible for your accident, such as a negligent employer, should be held responsible. Where there is evidence that negligence has occurred, we will help you claim the compensation you deserve for your accident at work. We are open 24/7, so call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for confidential, no-obligation advice, and we’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim or not.
Source: Construction Enquirer
Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown