Head injury could lead to compensation action

A severe head injury suffered by a 21-year-old man in an accident at work may lead to legal action and the pursuit of compensation.

Kevin Cleightonhills was working for a contractor on a project at Bembridge Marine on the Isle of Wight when a fall of around 3.5 metres caused him a serious injury to his head.

At the time of the incident, Mr Cleigtonhills was moving a boat on to a purposefully-built loading platform at the marine, but as he was doing so, a panel on its floor surface moved, causing a gap which he then fell down.

The subsequent investigation into the accident resulted in it being discovered that the walkway was not sufficiently secure due to the absence of several safety clips, meaning the contractor the man was working for at the time, Malcolm Ely, was responsible for his injuries.

In a case at Portsmouth Crown Court, Mr Ely admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act, which was implemented into British law in 1974.

Posted by Patrick White

12/05/2011 16:51