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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Health and Safety News

    Roof plunge leads to fine for construction company

    By Rob Steen on April 19, 2015

    After a roof plunge accident which left a scaffolder seriously injured, construction company Bowmer and Kirkland has been fined. 31-year-old scaffolder James Whelan from Wimbledon plunged seven metres through a fragile roof whilst working at a Sainsbury’s store in Wandsworth. He suffered a fractured pelvis and spine, four broken ribs and bruised lungs.

    Mr Whelan was walking across an exposed timber walkway when he stepped onto a dusty section of plasterboard, crashing through the board and a suspended ceiling below. After an investigation into the roof plunge accident by the HSE, it was determined that the company could have done more to prevent an accident from occurring, such as covering the fragile material with a hard cover or providing a properly guarded walkway. The Derbyshire-based firm was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £1,428 in costs.

    If you have been injured in a fall through a roof at work, have you considered making a claim for personal injury compensation? You could be compensated for your pain and suffering, as well as any loss of earnings due to time off work. You’ll need to contact a personal injury lawyer to find out whether you have a viable claim.

    Falls from height

    Working at height can be dangerous if proper safety procedures are not followed, and a risk assessment should always be carried out before a project commences. If you’ve been injured after falling through a roof whilst at work, ask yourself if your employer could have done more to prevent your accident. For example, if you feel through an unguarded roof light, your employer could have provided guards to prevent this from happening. No matter how minor or severe your injuries, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation – and your employer could be held liable for your injuries.

    Don’t delay, act quickly

    There’s a three-year time limit in place for all personal injury claims, so you’ll need to act quickly to ensure you get the compensation you’re entitled to. Why not take the first step today and call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500? Our team of personal injury lawyers are here to offer confidential advice, and there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim. We also offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, so stressing about legal fees won’t be on the cards. Call us today, to see how we can help you claim the compensation you deserve after your accident at work.

    Source: Health and Safety Executive 

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    Date Published: April 19, 2015

    Author: Rob Steen

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