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A building company may face compensation claims from two employees who sustained injuries during in a work accident that was not their fault.
The men were injured during an accident while investigating a leak from a roof at Barlow Moor High School in Didsbury, Manchester, and principal contractor Cruden Construction may therefore face legal action from the men.
An investigation conducted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found the workmen fell when one of them leant on a faulty wooden handrail and his colleague attempted to grab hold of him.
Both subsequently fell onto a scaffolding platform positioned around 1.5 metres below, leaving one with a fractured rib and bruising to his chest and arm and the other with a twisted right knee and bruising.
Laura Moran, inspector at the HSE, said both men had been lucky to escape with relatively minor injuries.
"They could easily have been seriously injured or even killed had they been impaled by a scaffolding pole, or fallen all the way to the ground below," she added.
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