Roofer to seek compensation for broken bones?

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Broken bones suffered during an accident at work could lead to a roofer launching a compensation claim.

Stephen Cartwright sustained fractures in his right leg as well as a dislocated knee when he fell a distance of around three metres from scaffolding while working on a residential property in Trafford in May last year.

At the time of the incident, Mr Cartwright was working for New Generation (Manchester) and an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that his employer had not installed a guard rail on the scaffolding.

Consequently, when the 44-year-old fell off balance there was nothing to stop him dropping down to the roof of the house's garage below.

During a case heard at Trafford Magistrates' Court, New Generation admitted breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, meaning Mr Cartwright could now pursue damages.

Ian Betley, HSE inspector, commented: "New Generation failed to plan the work properly or to manage it effectively."

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17/05/2012 16:48