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Accident at work leaves man with head injuries and loss of vision

A man suffered multiple head injuries, was left blind in one eye and lost hearing in one of his ears after an accident at work saw him plunge nearly five metres through a fragile roof.

The 31 year old man is from Wirksworth, and has asked not to be named.

He was carrying out repairs to the roof of a barn in Edale when one of the corrugated cement roof panels gave way in July 2012.

The man was airlifted to hospital after sustaining multiple fractures to his skull and now has lost the sight in his right eye and the hearing in his left ear.

Craig Allsop, who was in control of the work, and John Shirt, the owner of the farm, were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an investigation into the incident.

The investigation found that Mr Allsop had totally failed to plan the work in a safe manner. He had not used any safety equipment for the work and relied on walking along the parts of the roof sheets which rested on the wooden beams, using the line of bolts as a guide.

The court was told that the men should have been using crawling boards to distribute their weight combined with other safety measures such as safety nets, guard rails or harnesses to prevent them being injured in a fall.

Vicki Wright, personal injury specialist at Swain & Co, says, “This man has suffered severe head injuries that will affect him for the rest of his life. He could have been killed in this accident at work, and it was preventable.”

“The complacent attitude towards safety shown by Mr Allsop is unacceptable, especially when falls from height are the biggest cause of workplace deaths in the UK’s construction industry.”

Vicki Wright and Melanie Lidstone Land are specialist personal injury lawyers who help people who have been injured in accidents at work that were not their fault.

Accident at work injuries not only cause pain and suffering, but they can also lead to significant financial loss, such as loss of past and future earnings.

Vicki and Melanie help people recover these losses as well as get compensation for the injuries that they have sustained.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, Vicki and Melanie will be happy to offer you a free initial consultation to discuss your case, the potential of making a claim and the funding options available, such as no win no fee.

So call Vicki or Melanie today for free on 0800 0351 999

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