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Work injury suffered by council litter picker

A man employed by Mansfield District Council in Mansfield near Nottingham could now make a work injury compensation claim after suffering a head injury, a dislocated elbow and cuts to his body during a fall from height accident in 2009.

The worker and two colleagues were asked by the council to clear rubbish from an old well in White Lion Yard. The well was covered for safety reasons, and litter had become caught between the metal grid and wire mesh over the well's entrance.

The two other employees removed the metal grid, and the victim stood on the wire mesh to pick up the litter. However, the mesh broke under his weight and he suffered serious injuries as he fell to the bottom of the well. Following this accident at work he required six months off to recover from his injury.

The HSE prosecuted the district council for breaking Work at Height Regulations and the council admitted liability for the incident. It was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £5,700 in costs.

Now that the man's employers have been found liable for his work injury, he may choose to make a compensation claim.


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