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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."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Worker fell from unsafe ladder

    By David Brown on February 21, 2015

    A worker who suffered a fatal head injury in a fall at work was using an unsafe ladder, a court has heard.

    Gethin Kirwan, 35, who lived in Hoole, Chester, was working at a home in Llandudno on 4 April 2013 when the incident happened.

    Wrexham Magistrates’ Court was told that Thomas Price, who runs a roofline products business that employed Mr Kirwan to install guttering at the property, had provided a ladder with a number of serious safety defects.

    Poor state

    An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed the ladder was in an extremely poor state.

    The feet of the ladder were worn through, while the rungs were bent and one was missing. Two other ladders provided for use on the job also had similar critical defects with the potential to cause serious incidents.

    But, despite the faults, HSE accepted the ladder was not responsible for Mr Kirwan’s fall.

    Thomas Price, of Marnel Drive, Pentre, Deeside, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations. He was fined £4000 and ordered to pay £4000 in costs.

    The court also granted a Forfeiture & Destruction Order for the ladders.

    Claims against faulty ladder accidents

    Faulty ladders have the potential to turn someone’s life upside down in a matter of seconds.

    If you’ve been injured after falling off a faulty ladder, you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation.

    Employers must regularly check that ladders are in a safe condition for use. A quick and simple visual check will usually suffice. Ladder safety training courses are also a good idea to enhance safety and avoid accidents.

    The process of making a claim can be scary. But Accident Advice Helpline is on hand to guide you every step of the way, providing all the advice and information you need to get the money you deserve. Call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500.

    Source: BBC 

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    Date Published: February 21, 2015

    Author: David Brown

    Category: News

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