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Accident news – Man sustained fatal head injury at work

06th September 2012

The man had been employed by a Grimsby-based insulation firm at the time of the fatal accident.

He had been installing ceiling and wall panels in a new Leicester food processing factory, using a scissor-lift to reach his work area, when he inadvertently drove the machine into a pit in the plant’s floor.

As the vehicle fell over, the man was thrown from his standing-place and suffered a serious head injury. Despite being taken to hospital, he sadly died that day.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that the site’s principal contractor and the man’s employer had failed to suitably cover the hole in the factory floor.

As a result, the HSE prosecuted both companies for breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations Act.

Now that both firms have accepted liability, the family of the deceased may be able to launch a fatal accident claim. Any compensation received would be likely to provide them with financial security for the future.

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