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James Richards was operating as a labourer on a project to restore areas of Abingdon Villas in Kensington after Triton Building Restoration - which was established in 1989 - had sub-contracted out tasks including painting the outside of the construction as well as repairing the building's cast iron fire escape.
Mr Richards suffered fractures in his back, arm and pelvis and also had to undergo surgery to have his spleen removed after falling around 18 metres down an unguarded light well at the site.
He has not returned to work following the incident and was bed-ridden for a period of three months afterwards.
In a subsequent court case, Triton and Fire Escape - the company employing Mr Richards for the job - admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Posted by Craig Williams
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