Ladder accident at work caused broken pelvis

Broken pelvis could lead to compensation claim 2754

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 ADNFCR-1500-ID-801563753-ADNFCR

28/03/2013 14:48