London based contractor Habitat Construction recently pleaded guilty to breaches of health and safety regulations after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive. The investigation was carried out after an unnamed 38 year-old man from Beckenham fell eight metres from an unguarded window space whilst working at Grove Park in South London.
The incident left the man with severe damage to his spinal cord and he will need to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life – he will no longer be able to work or walk. The man was working as part of a team to convert Victoria hostels in the area into town houses. The building’s windows had been removed and no boarding or safety guarding had been put in place. Several of the windows were located on a raised first floor area – this meant they were opening close to floor level.
As he attempted to connect electricity to the building, the man fell through one of the windows and plunged eight metres onto a concrete floor. After the court hearing, Habitat Construction was ordered to pay £16,620 in costs and fined £110,000. The HSE inspection revealed that not only were workers at risk of falling from height, there were also no measures in place to prevent debris or equipment from falling through the window spaces.
Claiming compensation for workplace accidents
Whether you have been severely injured at work and been left unable to continue working, or have suffered a minor injury, you may be able to claim compensation if you can prove employer negligence. Any type of workplace can be hazardous if employers do not take steps to keep their staff safe. For example, in offices, boxes of files can pose a trip hazard, whereas in factories, poorly maintained machinery could put staff at risk. Personal injury lawyers will work with you to gather evidence in support of your claim, working to get you the compensation you deserve.
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Source: Construction Index
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown