Man suffered major injuries in accident at work

A man from Sutton Coldfield has sustained major injuries in an accident at work where he fell through a skylight at a Nuneaton industrial estate.

A self-employed roofer has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as a result of this accident at work.

The man, who has not been named, was re-cladding the asbestos roof at premises on the Centrovell Industrial Estate in July 2010. He fell seven metres to the factory floor below and sustained a fractured pelvis, back and foot, leaving him unable to work for several months.

Self-employed roofer John O’Brien, who was responsible for the work, was prosecuted by the HSE following an investigation which found that he failed to do enough to prevent or mitigate the fall.

Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court heard that although Mr O’Brien had taken steps to protect workers on the roof, there was no protection in place on the skylight that the worker fell through, and it was known to be fragile.

The HSE inspector, Mhairi Lockwood said that usually you would expect to see netting installed to catch a falling person before they hit the ground, but the situation was unusual as the building had a lot of ducting, so another system was put in place which used metallic mesh.

However, at the time of the accident at work, there was no covering over the fragile roof lights, so a man sustained serious injuries.

Melanie Lidstone Land, expert personal injury lawyer at Swain & Co Solicitors, says, “Working from height is a high-risk task which requires planning and thorough execution.”

“Control measures need to be in place and workers need to be protected.”

“As a result of a failure to sufficiently do this, a man has sustained serious injuries.”

Everyone deserves to return home from work safely.

If you have been injured in an accident at work that was not your fault, Melanie Lidstone Land and Vicki Wright will be happy to offer you a free initial consultation to discuss the possibilities of making a claim against your employer.

We can work on a no win no fee basis.

So call Melanie or Vicki for free on 0800 0351 999