A plumber suffered life threatening injuries as a result of a construction site accident.
The 64 year old man was working on a construction site when he fell three metres whilst working on the refurbishment of an accommodation block at an outdoor activities centre in Carmarthenshire.
He lost consciousness and sustained a bleed on his brain, a fractured cheek bone, bruising to his ribs and further damage to a pre-existing back condition. He now requires morphine to manage the pain in his back and has been unable to return to work.
The principal contractor on the construction site was Evans Brothers Builders Ltd, and they were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an investigation into the accident at work.
The investigation found that the building company had arranged for the scaffolding on site to be removed before the injured worker had finished fitting new waste pipes to the outside of the accommodation block.
He was given a scaffold tower to use to complete his job, which was found to be in a dangerous condition. It did not have guardrails to prevent falls from the edge and had no internal ladder access, therefore the worker use an unsecured ladder propped against the tower to mount and dismount the tower.
Swain & Co.’s personal injury solicitors say that the life threatening injuries that this worker received in the construction site accident could have been avoided if the building firm had properly planned the project and keep scaffolding on site, or provided adequate alternative equipment.
Instead, a man has been left with lifelong injuries and could have easily been killed.
2010/2011 figures show that 50 workers were killed in construction site accidents and nearly 3,000 suffered major injuries.
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