Damages of £70k awarded after workplace accident

Compensation of £70,000 has been awarded to a roofer who was left seriously injured following an accident at work.

According to the Telegraph & Argus, this five-figure settlement has been granted to Francis Ancliffe, who landed feet first after falling from a mill roof while working in 2008 and shattered both his heels.

Due to the severity of his injuries, the 28-year-old - who was operating for Halifax-based firm Calder Brook Estates at the time of the incident - was subsequently confined to a wheelchair for two months.

It is thought likely Mr Ancliffe will require more surgery in the near future and he also now has to take strong medication every day in order to control the pain.

His employer admitted to instructing him to work on the building without scaffolding and has therefore agreed to an out-of-court damages sum.

"I'm only 28 but there's so much I can't do. The money's a relief but we haven't really got anything to celebrate because of all the hardship we've been through," he told the news source.

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28/03/2012 15:46