The operators of Legoland have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker broke his shoulder and several ribs in an accident at work.
He fell more than three metres when he was working to remove two damaged roller coaster trains from a track at the Legoland Windsor site, which is operated by Merlin Attractions Ltd.
He stepped on a section of the walkway that had been removed and replace, but it had not been secured into position.
The resulting HSE investigation found that although the worker had sustained serious injuries, the work was carried out in the same way the next day in order to complete the task. The risk assessment by the company had identified that harnesses and lanyards should be used yet this was not followed.
Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd. admitted to two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined.
Swain & Co.’s accident at work solicitors say that this accident at work and the resulting injuries were avoidable and highlight the importance of using safe systems of work when working at height.
The dangers of falls from height during work are well known and the worker was placed at unnecessary risk.
40 people in the UK died as a result of a fall from height at work in 2010/11, and almost 3,500 suffered a major injury.
Accidents at work can leave victims with serious injuries as well as loss of earnings immediately and also into the future.
At Swain & Co our personal injury lawyers are experienced in helping victims of accidents at work get the compensation they and their family need to cover the pain and suffering but also the associated losses resulting from the injury.
If you have been injured at work, speak to us for free in an initial consultation where we can discuss the potential of making a claim.
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