Fall may result in damages award

Fall may result in damages award 2578

Compensation could be sought by an apprentice who sustained a severe back injury during an accident at work.

Richard O'Connor suffered three fractured vertebrae when he fell a distance of 5.5 metres through a plasterboard ceiling while working on the revamp of the loft of a youth centre in Swindon for Roberts and Prowse in February 2010.

Mr O'Connor - who was 18-years-old at the time - was subsequently unable to work for a period of two months and analysis into the accident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that his employer was at fault.

In a subsequent case heard at Swindon Magistrates' Court, Roberts and Prowse admitted breaching health and safety regulations and the man could therefore decide to pursue damages from the firm.

Damien Milbourne, inspector at the HSE, observed: "Richard sustained serious injuries in the fall, but he could easily have been killed as a result of his employer's negligence."

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18/05/2012 16:26