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Compensation Payout after Scaffold Fall

Compensation has been paid out after a fall from scaffolding left a bricklayer injured.

Darren Mahoney was injured in the incident back in April 2008. He was working on one of the plots of a new housing estate that was being built by construction company, Belway Homes.

He was stood on scaffolding when one of the boards collapsed beneath him, causing him to fall two metres to the ground. Mr Mahoney landed on a breeze block in the fall, and suffered multiple injuries. He suffered from a collapsed lung, and had to spend three weeks off work after the accident.

The Sentinel reports that Mr Mahoney made a work injury claim against the company. The firm denied liability, resulting in a hearing taking place at Stoke-on-Trent County Court recently.

The court was told that the scaffold had been damaged by vandals, leaving it unsafe to work on. The Judge ruled that Mr Mahoney had not been given any warnings and when the site manager came onto site just 15 minutes before the accident happened, he did not remonstrate with staff working on the scaffolding.

The Judge therefore found that the company had breached a duty of care to provide a safe place of work, and found them two thirds responsible for the accident. Mr Mahoney was found one third responsible for his own accident. This was because as an experienced worker, he could see the scaffold had been left unsupported on one side and had a duty to keep himself safe.

The paper reports that Mr Mahoney has now been awarded £2,917 compensation for his injuries.

Belway Homes own report into the accident – compiled by their health and safety manager – was dismissed as ‘one-sided’ by the judge.

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