It is pointless to carry out a risk assessment if it isn’t followed up to mitigate any risks that have been found. If you’re on the point of raising a work injury claim in Southend-on-Sea as a result of either an unsafe working procedure, or the failure of your employer to put appropriate safety measures in place, you should work with us here at Accident Advice Helpline.
Our no win no fee* claim procedure, (recommended by Esther Rantzen), can be used to good effect to obtain the compensation you are due in the shortest possible time.
54-year-old worker plummets 7 metres after falling through roof-light
A 54-year-old worker suffered horrendous injuries when he plummeted almost 7 metres through a barn roof. The worker had been instructed to install solar power racking on the roof of a barn near Leeds. Despite the fact that the barn roof was clearly labelled as being dangerous, and a risk assessment had been carried out to identify and mitigate the risks, the 54-year-old accidentally stepped on a roof-light which gave way underneath his weight.
The injury victim sustained a fractured skull, a head wound that required 13 staples, a fractured collarbone, fractured ribs, a fractured hand, a broken pelvis, and chipped bones in both his spine and his hips. He spent 22 days being treated in hospital but has subsequently returned to work performing light duties.
Findings of risk assessment not acted upon
When the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) investigated this incident, they discovered that although the condition of the fragile roof, and the presence of potentially dangerous roof-lights, had been noted in the risk assessment carried out by the injury victim’s employer, no further action had been taken. Simple barriers put around the roof-lights could easily have prevented this accident, as could the provision of a fall arrest harness.
Company fined £20,000 plus costs
At the hearing, the company were found to have breached the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and were fined the sum of £20,000 and instructed to pay a further £3,408 in costs.
Quickly and simply pre-valuing your work injury claim in Southend-on-Sea
Fall from height accidents can cause debilitating injuries that can alter a person’s ability to work, and change their lives. The sums of compensation paid for such injuries can be significant. In order to establish how much you could be due for your injury claim in Southend-on-Sea, you are advised to visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website and use our HOW MUCH compensation calculator to forecast the amount of money you could be awarded. It’s a quick, simple, exercise takes no more than about 30 seconds.
Chat to one of our experienced advisors
If there are any aspects of your claim you would like to chat over with one of our experienced advisors, you can reach them via our free helpline by dialling 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile.
Date Published: 30th October 2014