Apprentice suffers broken back injury at work

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An apprentice who sustained a broken back during an accident at work could decide to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation.

The unnamed 18-year-old got injured when he fell a distance of more than three metres while working for Halesowen-based firm Harris Scaffolding at a construction site in Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, in November 2011.

At the time of this incident, the young professional had been instructed to help install working platforms at each corner of some scaffolding. This had been erected two months earlier to enable workers to install rain downpipes on a building.

An investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that he had been allowed to operate in unsupervised areas of the scaffold with no guardrails or harnesses in place to prevent him from falling.

During a subsequent case heard at Kidderminster Magistrates' Court, Harris Scaffolding admitted breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £10,000 for its negligence.

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