A construction worker who was part of a team of workers refurbishing a pool in Hampshire claims he was injured when he fell into the pool after tripping near the edge of it. According to Robert Jones, who was working on behalf of a contractor firm based in Southampton, he caught his foot in a channel that ran along the side of the pool itself.
He claims there were no barriers around the pool to prevent anyone from falling in. He subsequently lost his balance and fell two metres into the empty pool, knocking himself out in the process.
After seeing his GP, visiting the local minor injury unit and then being transferred to Southampton General Hospital, Mr Jones then went home. However he had to go back after suffering numbness in his back and pain down both arms. He has sustained a fractured neck injury and is wearing a neck brace at all times.
The incident came as questions were being asked regarding the delays surrounding the project. The construction firm has not commented but Mr Jones claimed there had been problems surrounding the refurbishment, which is around nine weeks behind schedule.
How severe can a neck injury be?
Neck injuries can range from whiplash to fractured or broken bones in the vertebrae or neck bones. It is important to seek professional advice if a fractured neck injury is even suspected; moving a casualty can result in causing more damage to this most delicate of areas.
In situations where there are potential hazards in place it is imperative that proper safety measures are taken to minimise any potential hazards that are present. The symptoms experienced by Mr Jones are among those that can occur with a fractured neck injury.
Source: Daily Echo