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Accident at work leads to court action

The operators of Legoland have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an accident at work left a worker with a broken shoulder and several broken ribs.

The worker fell from a walkway on a roller coaster ride at the Legoland Windsor site, operated by Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd in June 2011.

He fell more than three metres when he was working to remove two damaged roller coaster trains from a track. He stepped on a section of the walkway that had been removed and replace, but it had not been secured into position.

The HSE investigation found that although a worker had sustained serious injuries, the work was carried out in the same way the next day to complete the task. The risk assessment by the company 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.

Swain & Co.’s personal injury solicitors say that the accident at work and the resulting injuries were preventable and demonstrate the importance of using safe systems of work when working at height.

The dangers of falls from height at work are well known and the worker was placed at unnecessary risk.

In 2010/11 40 people in the UK died as a result of an accident at work involving a fall from height, and almost 3,500 suffered a major injury.

Accidents at work can leave people with serious injuries and also loss of earnings immediately and also into the future.

At Swain & Co we 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 to discuss the potential of making a claim.

Call us for free on 0800 0351 999


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