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A broken back injury suffered during an accident at work may lead to a labourer seeking personal injury compensation from his employer.
The unnamed 25-year-old fractured the base of his spine when he fell from a height of approx. 3.5 metres through the fragile roof of a barn he was working on for Tees Valley Compost Cleaning Services in Hurworth Burn, County Durham.
At the time of this accident, the man was working as part of a team of three who had been instructed to clear debris from the top of the building by Michael Andrew Thompson, a director of the firm.
He was working at the highest point of two softwood boards on the structure and, at the end of the working day, he stepped onto its cement roof which gave way causing the back injury.
During the case at Peterlee Magistrates' Court, the company was fined £2,000 after admitting breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005, meaning the injured worker could now be eligible to get compensation for the accident.
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