Skull fractured in fall from height accident at work

Head injury to lead to compensation claim 2562

Richard Robinson suffered a fractured skull when he fell from a height of 1.5 metres from the prong of a forklift truck and hit his head. He was working for farming company WJ Watkins in North Devon at the time of the accident.

The forklift truck was being used to lift the 64-year-old man up so he could reach some bags of recycled material that were suspended from the roof; so that he could trample down the contents and make more room.

However, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that WJ Watkins had not ensured the task could be carried out safely by providing workers with proper climbing equipment. Mr Robinson is now expected to claim compensation for his work injuries as the HSE ruling will support his claim for damages.

Simon Jones, inspector at the HSE said, "Working at height must be properly planned and supervised, and employers must ensure their staff have a safe system in place."

Posted by Chris Stevenson

10/05/2012