Back injury may lead to compensation claim

A serious back injury sustained during an accident at work may result in a subcontractor seeking compensation.

The unnamed cable installer was operating in a scissor lift along with two colleagues when he was knocked out of the platform, causing him to fall some eight metres to the floor below.

As a result, he suffered severe spinal injuries and is now paralysed from the waist down, meaning a claim for personal injury compensation could be forthcoming against Skanska Rashleight Weatherfoil, a firm based in Hertfordshire that employed the man for this job.

The global construction company admitted breaching two clauses of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, meaning it has accepted its negligence caused the anonymous worker's injuries.

Dennis Bodger, inspector at the Health and Safety Executive, commented: "This tragic incident would have been avoided if the company had ensured all parts of the cable tray system had been properly designed and installed."

Posted by Craig Williams
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09/05/2011 16:53