Falling Worker with Serious Head Injuries

Accident

A 21 year old man’s employer has been fined £12,000, after he fell 3 metres through a glass roof and landed on a concrete floor.  He had been cleaning a valley gutter between two roofs on a glasshouse at his work in a horticultural nursery.

Injury

In the fall he suffered serious head injuries when went through the glasshouse roof, suffering concussion and blood on the brain, known as a haematoma.  He also fractured his hand and could not work for three months after the fall.

HSE

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the injured man had been trained inadequately.  The employer who did not understand the risks involved in working at height, had not taken any measures to prevent workers falling from the glasshouse roofs and pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Preventable

The HSE inspector said, "Every year, people are seriously injured as a result of falling through glasshouse roofs… However, the vast majority of these incidents can be avoided with proper planning.” The HSE provides guidance on how to prevent accidents like this at http://www.hse.gov.uk/ .

HeadinjuryUK

At HeadinjuryUK our specialist head injury solicitors have helped many people pursue a head injury claims suffered in the workplace.  At a time when the government is reviewing health and safety rules, HeadinjuryUK is concerned that any cut to regulation does not lead to a rise in serious accidents, like this one, or tragic deaths.  Should you or someone you know have suffered a head injury at work,  then please contact Andy Shaw to see how we can help you.
 

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