Work accident fall led to serious head injuries

Severe head injuries could lead to damages claim 2747

Serious head injuries sustained during an accident at work could result in a man pursuing a claim for compensation.

The unnamed 31-year-old man suffered multiple fractures to his skull when he fell from a height of nearly five metres through a fragile barn roof while working at a farm in Edale in July last year.

Due to the severity of his head injuries the man had to be airlifted to hospital, but it later emerged the he had sustained permanent loss of sight in his right eye and hearing in his left ear.

At the time of this accident, the workman was helping to carry out repairs to the surface when one of its panels gave way, causing him to fall to the concrete floor below.

An investigation conducted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) established that Craig Allsop, the man in charge of the work, and farm owner John Shirt had both been negligent in allowing the work accident to occur.

For instance, the watchdog found that Mr Allsop had failed to plan the job correctly insofar as he did not use any proper safety equipment and instead relied on walking along parts of the roof sheets that rested on the wooden beams of the roof's structure.

During the case heard at Buxton Magistrates' Court, the HSE insisted both he and Mr Shirt should have ensured crawling boards were put up on the roof so the workers could spread their weight safely on the fragile surface.

In addition, neither had installed other safety measures such as netting, rails or harnesses to prevent falls.

Mr Allsop admitted breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £3,000, while Mr Shirt pleaded guilty to a charge of breaking the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was penalised to the tune of £2,500.

Andrew Bowker, HSE inspector, commented: "The worker suffered severe head injuries as a result of the fall which will affect him for the rest of his life, but he could easily have been killed."

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22/03/2013 16:46