A construction company has admitted safety failings after a joiner was badly injured in a fall at work.
Patrick Moran, from Stretford, was working on a loft conversion in Chorlton when the incident took place on 21 May 2013.
The 48-year-old suffered severe internal bruising in the fall and continues to suffer from pins and needles to his left hand, caused by possible nerve damage.
Manchester-based Quaintbrook Properties Ltd had been hired to carry out loft conversions at two neighbouring properties on York Road. It had installed new floor joists but wanted partition walls to be fitted before the floorboards, so they could be easily lifted up in the future.
Two joiners used some old loft boards to create temporary walkways and kept moving them to reach different areas of the loft.
Mr Moran slipped when installing the wooden frame for a partition wall. His leg went between the floor joists and through the plasterboard ceiling up to his hip. He managed to pull himself up onto the joints but still suffered serious injuries.
Quaintbrook Properties Ltd, of Oswald Road in Chorlton, was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £5,518 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Accident at work claims
The Health and Safety Executive says the incident could have been much worse if Mr Moran had fallen all the way into the room below.
It claims the company was responsible for his safety but failed to take this responsibility seriously.
If you’ve been injured in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault, then you could be entitled to compensation. Employers have a duty of care to protect staff at all times, especially when working at height.
Accident Advice Helpline deals with accident at work claims on a regular basis, so they should be your first port of call.
They can tell you whether you have a case to make a successful claim and what kind of payout to expect.
Date Published: September 3, 2014
Author: David Brown