Damages could be awarded for burns and scarring

Personal injury compensation could be sought by a man who sustained permanent burns and scarring during an accident at work.

Richard Baisley suffered serious burns to his face, chest, arms and hands and is now permanently scarred after he struck an underground electric cable while drilling for Kim Barker Construction in October 2009.

The 26-year-old was using a machine to put two holes in the ground at the company's site entrance in Scunthorpe so a new sign could be erected there, but it has now emerged that bosses were unaware of the 415 volt cable underground.

Mr Baisley had to spend three days in hospital and is now unable to go back to his career as a welder because of the effect heat has on his skin.

Kim Barker Construction - which conducts work nationwide - has now admitted breaching the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, meaning the employee could pursue civil damages for his ordeal.

Posted by Francesca Witney ADNFCR-1500-ID-801215660-ADNFCR

18/11/2011 16:55