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Fall from height worker in Shropshire could claim

A Shropshire man may choose to make a fall from height claim through a firm of personal injury solicitors after his employer was successfully prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for their liability in an accident at work.

The employee and two colleagues had been working to replace a modular timber canopy at a Shropshire school when the work accident occurred in August 2011. The workers had been standing on the canopy when the 52-year-old slipped between the timber joists.

He fell three metres onto a concrete surface, suffering fractures to his back, six ribs, right wrist and breastbone.

The fall from height victim has been unable to return to work since the accident occurred.

At Shrewsbury Magistrates' Court, HSE inspectors told the court that their investigation had found that the employers, a firm specialising in modular timber buildings, had failed to install edge protection which could have prevented the fall. Although landing bags had been placed to mitigate the effects of a fall, these had not been put in the area where work was occurring.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and it received a fine and court cost charges.

It has not yet been reported whether the accident victim is seeking compensation by making a fall from height claim through the civil courts.


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