Fall from height accidents in the workplace frequently cause serious, and sometimes fatal, injuries. If you’ve been hurt in such a fall, and you believe your employer to be liable, you can launch a Staffordshire accident at work claim for compensation, using the no win no fee* service that we provide here at Accident Advice Helpline.
Man injured while removing asbestos sheets from roof
A 59 year-old worker was recently injured when removing asbestos sheets from the roof of what was a former factory. The man stepped on a fragile panel which broke, causing him to fall over 5 metres onto a concrete floor. The injury victim was seriously injured. He was airlifted to a local hospital where they put him into an induced coma.
Workers not provided with any safety equipment
The prime contractor, and the asbestos removal company, had both decided that the sheets were to be removed using plant such as a cherry picker of scissors lift. This would grant workers access to the underside of the roof, meaning that no one would have to do climb on the roof itself. However, two men were allowed to go on top of the roof to remove the panels. They were not provided with any safety equipment.
Injury victim fell through a plastic roof light
The injured worker involuntarily stepped onto a plastic roof light while attempting to regain his hold of the asbestos sheet that he was carrying. The roof light broke under his weight and he fell, sustaining serious injuries including: two collapsed lungs, fractures to his ribs and hips, and a ruptured tendon in his left shoulder. He remained in hospital for one month. The aftermath of the injuries will affect him for life.
Both companies fined
The prime contractor was found guilty of breaching the CDM (Construction, Design and Management) regulations, and was fined £12,000, plus having to pay costs of £23,502. The asbestos removal company was fined £8,000, plus being instructed to pay a further £6,191 to cover the prosecution’s costs.
Agreed safe work method not followed
Kevin Jones, an HSE inspector, was reported as saying that unfortunately this kind of incident was all too common in the roofing industry. He remarked that although both companies had prepared a correct risk assessment, the agreed work method was not followed.
The benefits you can access by launching your Staffordshire accident at work claim via AAH
If you decide to launch your Staffordshire accident at work claim through the no win no fee* service that we provide here at Accident Advice Helpline you will benefit from many aspects of our service, which include:
- Our no win no fee* personal injury claim process which comes highly recommended by the well-known people’s consumer champion Esther Rantzen
- Free access to our 30 second, interactive, website based HOW MUCH compensation calculator
- Our industry-leading customer support service
- Use of our toll-free 24/7 helpline which can be accessed from any landline by calling 0800 180 4123, or, if using your mobile, 0333 500 0992
Date Published: 20th October 2014