Apprentice may seek damages after accident at work

A compensation claim could be made against a construction company after an apprentice joiner sustained a serious back injury during an accident at work.

Jonathan Hill suffered a fractured vertebra when he fell from a roof while working for Stokes Evans Developments at a housing project in Cosby, Leicestershire, in November 2011.

At the time of this incident, the 19-year-old was fitting wooden batons between trusses on a property's roof when he slipped and fell a distance of around 2.5 metres on to boarding on the building's first storey.

Due to the seriousness of his injury, Mr Hill had to take two months off work and a subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Stokes Evans had failed to put proper safety measures in place on its site.

HSE inspector Tony Mitchell observed: "Installing roofs is a high risk activity and builders should not become complacent about ensuring that fall protection, in whatever form, is provided throughout the work."

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18/06/2012 16:56