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Self-employed man might now claim for fall

03rd January 2014

The self-employed 39-year-old man was on the roof of a garage with another employee, clearing moss and rubble, when the work accident took place in January 2012.

The corrugated sheet they were on collapsed and the man fell almost three meters onto the concrete floor below.

As a result of the fall from height, he fractured his shoulder, sustained brain injury, has been left partially deaf, and lost his peripheral vision. Furthermore, he also contracted MRSA while in hospital for treatment, and has not yet been able to return to work.

An HSE investigation discovered that no safety equipment – such as scaffolding, harnesses, or boards to place across the fragile roof – had been provided to prevent falls from height. Moreover, no risk assessment had been undertaken, and the workers were not being adequately supervised.

The company was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £6,000. Now that his employer has been found liable for the accident, the injured man might choose to contact a personal injury solicitor and bring a compensation claim against the company.

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