One plasterer from Nottinghamshire has filed a work accident claim after serious head injuries left him in a two month long coma.
Retford native Carl Major had been working on refurbishing a store located in Stockton when his injury claims occurred. Mr Major’s accident claim describes how he was knocked off his step ladder by a light pelmet that had become loose and fallen from its place on a nearby wall. The fixture struck him upon his head and sent him plummeting three metres to the concrete floor below.
After suffering serious head trauma Mr Major was left in a two month long coma. While he has regained consciousness he has now been diagnosed with epilepsy and has been experiencing other medical issues that have precluded his returning to work following the incident.
MacDonald Joinery & Construction Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for its role in Mr Major’s injuries. The Sheffield-based firm was ordered to pay £15,000 in fines after they entered a plea of guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act. The courts additionally assigned £6,228.75 in costs to the firm as well.
Following the incident the Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation into the particulars of Mr Major’s case. The investigation discovered that the plasterer had not been given the necessary instruction or information required to carry out his work in a safe manner prior to commencing with the refurbishment.
Falls from height are one of the most prevalent causes of severe personal injuries in the maintenance and construction sector, according to official statistics. Many such injured workers will go on to bring legal action against their employers for substantial settlements both in and out of court as a result.