An employee at a Grimsby construction firm has been awarded £10,000 in compensation after a piling accident left him unable to continue working in the construction industry. The piling accident happened when 49-year-old Jamie North was working on the new school science block at Caistor Grammar School.
An HSE investigation revealed that Topcon Construction Ltd had been negligent and failed to maintain equipment used for cropping piles. The company had ignored advice given to them by the hire company about using a power cropper for the job. They had also failed to properly dismantle a reinforced concrete pile, which led to Mr North’s accident.
Mr North needed two operations on his leg and later suffered a blood clot which required further medical attention. He had screws and a steel frame fixed to his leg and needed a year off work to recover. The court fined Topcon £10,000 plus £1,980 costs for breach of regulation 4 (3) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company must also pay Mr North £10,000 in compensation for his injuries.
Have you been involved in a construction accident?
Working in the construction industry can be dangerous, and accidents have the potential to happen, but your employer should take certain steps to meet their responsibilities and ensure you are safe at work. Employers should:
- Ensure staff are properly trained to carry out their job and aware of safety risks
- Put in place procedures for health and safety, operating equipment and other tasks
- Regularly check and maintain all equipment to a safe standard
- Provide staff with personal protective equipment or anything else needed to do their job safely
- Immediately act to rectify safety issues reported to them by members of staff or anyone else
If you feel that your employer has been negligent and this has led to an accident, you could report them to the HSE, and you may also be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries.
Claiming compensation for employer negligence
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today if you feel your employer’s negligence has caused your accident. We have been in the personal injury industry for 14 years, and you will find we come highly recommended by TV personality, Esther Rantzen. We are here to make sure you get the compensation you deserve, and if you call us today, we will be able to tell you straight away whether you have a viable claim. It’s free to call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone; our experienced personal injury lawyers are here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice.