Serious leg injury to lead to damages claim?

An accident at work that resulted in a man requiring a leg amputation could lead to him pursuing personal injury compensation.

Michael O'Donovan was seriously injured while working on the construction of Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadium - a ground they moved to from Highbury in 2006 - under the stewardship of principal contractor Sir Robert McAlpine.

During the incident, the 41-year-old was kneeling down to clean steel shuttering when a dumper truck on the site ran over his leg.

This caused crush injuries so severe Mr O'Donovan's leg needed to be removed above the knee.

An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that the company - along with sub-contractors Maylim and McNicholas - failed to make sure vehicles and pedestrians were adequately separated.

Loraine Charles of the HSE commented: "Traffic needs to be managed effectively on all construction sites. Had proper controls been in place, this appalling incident would never have happened."

Posted by Emily Swanson ADNFCR-1500-ID-801227489-ADNFCR

01/12/2011 16:35