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Multiple broken bones sustained during an accident at work could lead to a man claim compensation for his injuries; as the accident wan not his fault.
The unnamed self-employed roofer suffered a fractured pelvis, a shattered heel and a broken thumb when he fell from a height of more than eight metres while working on a project to build a new retail unit at The Carlton Centre in Lincoln.
At the time of this accident, the 53-year-old roofer was working for a team subcontracted to the job by Roofwise (Bourne), which in turn had been employed by the principal contractor on the site, Taylor Pearson Construction.
The man was part of a cladding team tasked with installing gutter sections along one side of the roof of the new construction and, as he attempted to fix the final part of the drainage system, he slipped and fell hitting the handrail of a scissor lift being used as part of the project and fell to the ground below.
Due to the extent of his broken bone injuries, the worker required several metal plates to be inserted into his fractures, while he also had to spend several weeks in hospital.
Analysis of the incident conducted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) established that the part of the roof the individual was working on had not been fitted with any protective measures, such as safety netting, to prevent accidents.
And during a case heard at Lincoln Magistrates' Court, Roofwise (Bourne) admitted breaking clause four of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, while Taylor Pearson Construction pleaded guilty to breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
Following this hearing, Tony Mitchell, an inspector at the HSE, warned firms there is "no room for complacency" when it comes to working at height, adding that the man in this instance is "lucky to be alive".
"This incident was wholly preventable. Both defendants clearly identified the risk of a fall and the precautions that were needed, but had not fully followed this through on site," he went on to say.
Posted by Francesca Witney
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