Broken bones could result in compensation pursuit

A man may decide to seek personal injury compensation after an accident at work left him with broken bones and bruising.

Labourer David Tourish suffered two fractured ribs and bruising to his kidneys when he fell off the edge of a temporary staircase while working for the Walker Group - a Scottish construction firm founded more than 40 years ago - on a house building project in Edinburgh in November 2009.

At the time of the incident, Mr Tourish had been asked to carry doors upstairs along with a colleague, but a guardrail on the side of the staircase had been removed a few days earlier, then not replaced.

Consequently, the man fell a distance of three metres to the floor below and then had to spend a period of three months off work while in recovery.

Alastair Brown, inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, commented: "This was a serious incident that could have been very much worse. It was also entirely avoidable."

Posted by Emily Swanson

03/08/2011 16:49