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A man from Portsmouth who was crushed by a 1.4-tonne steel beam in an accident at work could be entitled to a large compensation claim settlement.
The worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, was a welder and fabricator at Condor Allslade when the accident occurred. The 64 year old was working on a steel beam platform that was on an unsecured metal trolley. He was trying to move an overhead crane when a part of the crane struck the beam he was sitting on, which sent both him and the beam flying into the air.
When he landed on the floor he was crushed by the heavy beam, something which caused the man's injuries, including a fractured skull, two crushed discs in his back, a broken knee, a broken ankle and a blood clot on one of his lungs.
These injuries kept the man in hospital for a month, and were serious enough to be described by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) as "life-threatening" and "life-changing". The man, two years on from the accident, still has regular operations on his injuries and has not made a full recovery.
Upon inspection after the incident a HSE officer immediately served a prohibition notice on the Condor Allslade, which prevented workers from continuing to work unsafely on steel beams; as the man had when he was seriously injured.
The inspection revealed that the Portsmouth steel firm had not carried out proper risk assessments of welders' work practices and had ultimately failed to implement basic safety measures that would have prevented the steel beams from being moved around; something that would have prevented the catastrophic injuries from happening.
Condor Allslade were fined £16,000 and ordered to pay £5,074 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching multiple health and safety guidelines.
HSE Inspector Craig Varian said: "The painful and debilitating consequences of these dreadful injuries will be with this man for the rest of his life."
"Had Condor Allslade undertaken a risk assessment and then taken the action necessary to mitigate the risks, the incident could have been avoided."
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