Broken wrist may result in compensation pursuit

A personal injury compensation claim may be launched by a pool attendant after she sustained a fractured wrist during an accident at work.

Stacey Paine fell from the loft above the swimming pool complex at the Kimbolton School - an independent institution based in Cambridgeshire with around 950 pupils - and landed in the changing rooms below.

This drop of approximately 2.5 metres onto a tiled surface resulted in the employee breaking her wrist and an investigation into the incident revealed she had been walking along a beam in the unboarded attic.

In a subsequent case heard at Huntingdon Magistrates' Court, Kimbolton School admitted breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005, meaning Ms Paine may decide to seek damages.

Stephen Faulkner, inspector at the Health and Safety Executive, commented: "The outcome of this incident could have been very different ... It is an employer's duty to ensure the safety of all staff and anyone working at height needs to be protected."

Posted by Francesca Witney
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04/08/2011 16:56