Accident at work may lead to compensation claims

An accident at work that left two men with injuries such as broken bones may result in them seeking compensation settlements.

The unnamed duo were working for specialist plastering company Clark & Fenn Skanska on a project helping to construct the Westfield shopping centre in Derby when they fell a distance of around seven metres, due to the lift they were using to transport plasterboard overturning.

As a result, a 22-year-old sustained breaks to his pelvis and cheekbone, while his 38-year-old colleague suffered a fractured skull, elbow and eye socket.

Both men subsequently had to stay in hospital and were off work for "significant periods".

In a court case brought about after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the firm admitted breaching the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, meaning the workers could seek damages.

Recently, the HSE revealed that the number of employees in the construction industry killed last year in accidents at work climbed to 50.

Posted by Craig Williams

01/07/2011 16:57