Accident at work leads to £3k compensation award

Broken bones sustained during an accident at work have resulted in an ex-caretaker being awarded £3,000 in personal injury compensation.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Desmond Groom suffered fractured ribs when he passed out after his employer - Burrowes Street Tenant Management Organisation, a body providing services for around 800 residents in the Walsall area - gave him a new cleaning solution that emitted toxic fumes.

The 44-year-old professional was instructed to clean fungus from a wall in one of the premises cared for by the organisation using the product, which he had not been trained on how to use safely.

He fell unconscious while climbing down from his stepladder and collided with a sink, causing him the injuries.

"I had no idea what I was using or how strong it was," Mr Groom told the news source.

Subsequently, the man sought damages from his former employer and has now been granted a sum of £3,000.

Posted by Francesca Witney

03/08/2011 16:48