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£35k Compensation for Handyman after Ladder Fall

A handyman has received compensation of £35,000 after he was injured in a fall from a ladder.

The accident happened to Richard Proctor whilst he was undertaking work painting the warehouse of an Asda store in Bangor. To complete his task, he was working from an unsecured ladder on a stairwell.

The incident occurred when the ladder slipped and caused Mr Proctor to fall. He suffered a fractured collarbone in the fall, an injury that kept him off work for 11 weeks.

Now, the Belfast Telegraph reports that he has just received compensation for the accident that happened back in 2010. The retail and maintenance technician was employed by City Facilities Management Ltd, and his legal team argued that the firm failed to provide Mr Proctor with a safe system of work.

The maintenance company – that carries out similar work for Asda across the UK – denied they were responsible for the incident. However, a judge ruled the ladder accident claim in Mr Proctor’s favour and against the company.

Mr Proctor was awarded £25,000 compensation for his pain and suffering, and will receive an extra £10,000 in compensation as he is no longer able to continue his hobby of fly fishing.

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