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Home > News > Joiner injured after falling through open hatchway

8th October 2012

Joiner injured after falling through open hatchway

Our specialist accident at work lawyers were asked to represent this client following a completely avoidable accident at work. They were forced to issue court proceedings against the defendant, his employer, when their insurers refused to negotiate a fair settlement for our client’s injuries.

After further strenuous negotiation, they were able to secure substantial compensation for his many injuries.

Injuries at work caused by fall

Our client had been carrying a heavy, large object with a colleague when the floor quite literally disappeared beneath him. An engineer, who had been working in the area, had failed to close the hatch when he had completed his task. Nor had he provided the usual warning signs which were deliberately large and highly visible to prevent such accidents, despite the fact that there had been several previous similar accidents.

Our client fell through the hatch, breaking his ribs as they caught the side, trapping his leg, causing him to hang upside down. He then suffered further injury as the object they were carrying fell and hit him on the head, causing concussion.

Although he was in extreme pain, it was some hours before he accepted the full extent of his injuries. A visit to his GP confirmed that he had suffered broken ribs, a head injury, and soft tissue injuries to his shoulder and other parts of his body.

Recovering from injuries at work

It took several months for our client’s injuries to improve sufficiently for him to return to work. For many weeks he was only able to walk with the aid of crutches and had to rely heavily on family members for basic everyday tasks.

Breaches of Regulations

His employer admitted liability and was vicariously liable for the actions of their employee. This means that they should have provided sufficient training and instruction to ensure that their employee followed best practice in closing or providing signage for the hatchway when it was open.

Their failure to do this was a breach of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations as well as other Regulations which applied.

Making a claim for personal injury compensation

Clear Answers’ personal injury lawyers are waiting to provide you with expert legal advice. We specialise in all types of accident at work compensation claims.

If you or a family member has been injured through no fault of your own, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and to talk you through the claims process in plain English. Alternatively, please complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as quickly as possible.

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