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Falling Roofer with Severe Brain Damage
Mark Lambton was severely brain damaged in a fall from a house roof in July 2011. J Wilson Home Improvements had hired him to replace and point tiles and fit a dry verge system. Mark was clearing concrete debris off the roof however, when moving onto a set of ladders, he fell around 6 or 7 metres onto a path.
Permanent Traumatic Brain Injury, despite Treatment
The 50 year old was rushed to hospital where he was placed into a drug-induced coma for more than two months. Unfortunately he remains severely brain damaged, in a vegetative state and with no likelihood of improving.
No safety measures: “Totally Unacceptable”
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that there were no precautions to prevent workers from falling from the roof and the contractor has recently been fined for breaching the relevant regulation. The HSE Inspector said,
"The dangers of death and serious injury associated with falls from height during roof work are well known, and allowing such work to be carried out without any safety measures is totally unacceptable.
"This incident could have been easily avoided if appropriate edge protection and safe access had been put in place to prevent falls. "
Head Injury UK: Brain Injury Claim Experts
Head Injury UK supports the HSE’s essential work in trying to prevent falls from height, which remain the most common cause of workplace fatality. In 2010/11 there were 20 fatalities and 3,957 major injuries due to a fall from height. At Head Injury UK our specialist lawyers are experienced in helping those left with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or other serious injury at work. We have also helped many families who have been left behind when a loved one has been killed in an accident at work. So if you, or anyone you know, has been affected by a serious fall or other work accident, please contact Andy Shaw to see how he can help you.
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