Construction worker could pursue damages following accident at work

A construction worker could be in line for a personal injury compensation settlement should he opt to pursue damages from his employer after sustaining a back injury in an accident at work.

Kevin Clark, a man of 54 years of age, sustained several broken bones including crushed vertebrae and a broken foot when he fell a distance in excess of four metres from unsafe scaffolding while working on some windows of a new building in County Durham.

Following the incident, Mr Clark was kept in hospital for two weeks and a subsequent investigation has ruled that Ian Allan Building Contractors were liable for his injuries due to the fact that the firm breached Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Therefore, Mr Clark could be eligible for civil compensation should he opt to pursue a claim against the company.

This comes shortly after the Health and Safety Executive announced recently that it is to launch an "intensive inspection initiative" in a bid to reduce the number of deaths and injuries occurring on construction sites in the north-east.

Posted by Patrick White

03/03/2011 16:54