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Compensation claim news – Joiner could choose to claim for spinal injury

22nd June 2012

The young employee had been working on a housing development in Cosby, Leicestershire, in November last year when the incident occurred.

He was fitting wooden batons in between roof trusses, which are part of a roof’s rafters, when he slipped through the trusses and fell two and a half metres to the first floor below.

He suffered a fractured vertebra and was forced to take two months off work to recover from his injury.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation discovered that although air bags had been in place to prevent fall from height injuries, they had been removed before the roof had been completed and had not been replaced with any other form of protective equipment.

The firm was fined £500 and ordered to pay court costs of £850.

Now that the company has been found liable for the work accident which caused the man’s spinal injury, the worker may decide to make a claim for compensation.

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