Earlier this week, it was reported that a business from the Greater Manchester area were fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs, after an employee suffered severe injuries in a fall from height.
During the incident which occurred in November 2011, the employee suffered a broken back, after falling six metres through a roof light on a barn he was working on. Although soft floor material which is used to train horses helped to break his fall, the injuries sustained in the fall led to the employee spending an extended period of time in hospital; whilst he has not been able to work since.
Following a court hearing, in which the business were found guilty of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act, they were fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £27,000; whilst the business’ technical director was also ordered to pay costs of just under £7,000 and fined £7,000 after pleading guilty to the same charges at an earlier hearing.
Each year a number of employees suffer severe injuries in falls from height, and figures from the Health and Safety Executive have suggested that last year, in excess of 6,000 employees were injured following falls from heights within the workplace.
For those who have been injured in a fall from height within the workplace, which was not their fault, our personal injury solicitors may be able to help with a personal injury compensation claim.
Our personal injury solicitors understand the consequences of being injured following a fall from height; which is why we offer tailored, impartial and expert legal advice to help anyone injured in such an accident, receive the compensation they deserve.