A Glasgow-based company has been fined after a worker was left paralysed from the neck down following a tragic fall at work.
Colin Shields, 34, of Cumbernauld, plummeted around three metres from the top of a gritter to the ground below when working at Inex Works Ltd’s premises when the incident happened on 28 December 2010.
The father of two, who was secretary of the firm at the time, suffered irreversible damage to his spine as a result of the fall.
Serious safety failings
Airdrie Sheriff Court heard how Mr Shields was standing on top of a gritter at the yard in Garrell Road, Burnside Industrial Estate, Kilsyth, in a bid to help his colleagues dislodge compacted grit salt from inside the machine.
As he moved towards the rear of the vehicle to get a pole to help him dislodge the salt, his foot slipped and he fell head first onto the ground.
He sustained several fractures of his spine, leaving him paralysed.
He remained in hospital until July 2011 and later had surgery to his right arm that has provided him with some limited movement, although he still requires help and assistance with his day-to-day care.
The Health and Safety Executive revealed a number of significant failures in the company’s management of health and safety, notably an unsafe system of work and a lack of measures to prevent falls.
Inex Works Ltd, of St Vincent Street, Glasgow, was fined £13,500 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Claiming compensation for paralysis
Suffering a paralysis injury is devastating and it can be difficult to come to terms with the impact it will have on your life.
If you were the victim of an accident that has left you paralysed and you are looking for compensation, or just advice about what to do next, Accident Advice Helpline is always available to help.
Personal injury compensation is often paid to the victim to deal with these major life changes, and also to compensate for their substantial pain and suffering, both physical and mental, as a result of the accident.
Source: Commercial Motor
Date Published: June 13, 2014
Author: David Brown