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Compensation news – Subcontracted roofer suffered injuries in fall

30th August 2012

The man, who was a self-employed roofer, had been subcontracted to install a gutter along the roof of a new retail unit at The Carlton Centre in Lincoln when the incident took place.

While undertaking this task, he fell from the roof to the ground eight metres below. As he fell, he struck the barrier of a scissor-lift which was positioned near the side of the building.

The roofer suffered a fractured pelvis, fractured heel, and a broken thumb, and was required to spend several weeks in hospital where metal plates were fitted to repair some of his fractures.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation discovered that although safety precautions had been taken, such as netting around the edges of the roof, the corner on which the self-employed man was working did not have this protection in place.

The company which employed the roofer was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £1,710. The main construction firm contracted to build the retail unit was fined £5,000 and also ordered to pay costs of £1,710.

Now that the companies involved have been found liable, the injured worker may be able to make an accident at work claim for his pain, suffering, medical bills, and lost earnings.

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