Fall victim to receive compensation?

A stable worker may claim compensation for an accident at work that left him seriously injured after he was asked to cut down some overhanging trees.

Paul Cussons, who was employed by Thorndale Farm near Richmond for 26 years, was ordered to perform the dangerous task by bloodstock agent Alan Swinbank before renovations were carried out.

The victim broke both shoulder blades, fractured a rib and punctured a lung after slipping on leaves and falling through a skylight to land on the concrete floor below.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive - which was formed in 1975 - imposed two prohibition notices on Mr Swinbank preventing work with a chainsaw and at height.

Inspector Morag Irwin said: "Had Mr Swinbank identified the risks involved in the job beforehand, he would have brought in a qualified firm of tree specialists. Sadly he did not and the result was devastating."

Posted by Emily SwansonADNFCR-1500-ID-801307676-ADNFCR

01/03/2012 16:54