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Injury claim news – Man died from meningitis after head injury at work

12th October 2012

The 21-year-old man had been employed by a building contractor and was working on the roof of a shopping centre in Bangor, Wales, at the time of the incident.

While undertaking his work tasks he accidentally fell through a hole in the roof to the ground almost six metres below. As a result he suffered severe head injuries.

He recovered little by little during the months he spent in hospital receiving treatment, but sadly later contracted an acute case of meningitis and died in December 2009.

A pathologist stated that the head injury he had suffered at work had increased his risk of infection, and was likely to be more than 80% responsible for his eventual death.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that there had been edge protection around the opening in the roof, but this had been removed and the company had failed to replace it.

One of the HSE’s inspectors stated, “Falls from height are an alarmingly common cause of death and serious injury in construction. All too often straightforward practical precautions are not considered and workers are put needlessly at risk. Poor management of risk in this industry is unacceptable and HSE will take strong action when necessary.”

The contractor was fined £450,000 and ordered to pay £98,000 in court costs.

Now that the firm has been found liable for the fatal work injury, the deceased’s family may be able to make a claim against the former employer.

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