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Serious leg injuries suffered during an accident at work could lead to a professional in the construction industry seeking compensation.
The anonymous 36-year-old sustained a shattered heel and ankle and had to spend 15 days in hospital when he fell from a pallet attached to the fork of a tractor he was using to install cladding on a farm in Billingham in August last year.
He lost his balance when the object moved and dropped a distance of around 4.5 metres to the ground below while working for Stephen Ramsey - trading as Up & Cover - as he measured the guttering on the building.
Mr Ramsey subsequently admitted breaking the Work at Height Regulations 2005 in a case heard at Teesside Magistrates' Court, meaning his employee may now decide to take civil action against him.
This comes after Daniel Elliot sustained fractures to his spine and pelvis after falling from a roof in Wales while working for Towy Valley Fabrications.
Posted by Emily Swanson
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