Broken bones may lead to compensation settlement

Several broken bones sustained by a man during an accident at work could result in him being awarded a personal injury compensation settlement.

The unnamed employee suffered a broken shoulder blade and pelvis as well as four fractured ribs after falling around four metres to the ground through a roof panel at a farm in Nottinghamshire.

At the time, the man was working alongside a colleague by dismantling a building at the location near the market town of Newark.

In a subsequent case heard at Newark and Southwell Magistrates' Court, the employer involved - James Miller (Kelham) - admitted liability by pleading guilty to breaking two clauses of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, meaning that the worker may opt to sue for damages.

Health and Safety Executive figures show that 12 employees died after falling from heights in 2008-09 and inspector David Butler said that the man in question in this instance was "extremely lucky to survive".

Posted by Craig Williams

05/04/2011 16:58