Accident at work may result in compensation pursuit

Broken bones sustained by a man during an accident at work may result in him pursuing a claim for personal injury compensation.

The unnamed 47-year-old suffered fractures to his left elbow and hip when he fell a distance of three metres from the roof of a lorry cab at a depot owned by JDS Trucks in Blackburn.

At the time of the incident, which occurred in December 2009, the man was attempting to step onto a ladder to get down from the surface, but an investigation revealed this was unsecured while no colleagues were there to stabilise the equipment.

The injuries meant the employee needed a period of four months off work in order to recover. Therefore, he could be eligible for a damages settlement.

During a hearing at Accrington Magistrates' Court, his employer admitted breaching health and safety legislation.

Recently, trainee electrician Tom Davies sustained a fractured pelvis after falling around 20 feet at a factory in Plympton.

Posted by Helen Jones

20/06/2011 16:49