21-year-old suffers head injury in fall accident at work

Head injury could lead to compensation claim 2372

A young man suffered from a severe head injury in an accident at work in Evesham. The anonymous 21-year-old sustained a concussion and blood on the brain, as well as a fractured hand and cuts and bruises, when he fell through a glasshouse roof while working for Westland Nurseries in Evesham.

At the time of the accident, the man was cleaning a valley gutter between separate roofs on the structure when he fell from a height of around three metres and landed on a concrete floor below.

He subsequently could not work for three months and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that his employer had failed to put any safety measures in place to prevent staff members from falling accidents.

Chris Gregory of the HSE said, "The vast majority of fall accidents at work can be avoided with proper planning."

In another recent case, Anthony Strong sustained a broken back when he fell from a height of 6.5 metres while working for Anson Packaging in Sutton.

06/01/2012