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An accident at work that left a plumber with a broken pelvis may lead to him seeking personal injury compensation from his employer.
The unnamed 52-year-old was inspecting a gutter at a residential property owned by Midlands-based organisation Whitefriars Housing Group in Coventry in June 2011 when he fell a height of around four metres.
Due to the severity of his injury, the man was kept in hospital for a period of four months and then had to take several months away from work to complete his recovery.
An investigation conducted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) established that the base of the worker's ladder had not been properly secured before he began the job.
In a case heard at Coventry Magistrates' Court, Whitefriars Housing Group was fined £15,000 after admitting to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. As such, the man involved could now be eligible for civil damages.
Posted by Emily Swanson
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